Aug 28, 2013 - 1:24 pm
I want to say thanks to everyone participating on this board. I read a lot of posts last year when my father was first diagnosed as a Stage III. There was so much good information, and I passed much of it on to my parents.
I think he's at the 6 month mark past surgery, and they found a malignant tumor that was on the outside of the esophagus. The doctor has said sugery is not an option, I think because it is a post-op tumor or something of that nature. They have offered him chemo and a clinical trial. I'm not sure what the trial is, I haven't found that out yet.
So, I have a few questions. I'm sorry you are all in this fight in the first place, and I admire your willpower to fight the fight as well as participate in this board and share information:
Is surgery after an initial removal really out of the question? Should he get a second opinion?
How effective is chemo, typically, at preventing the spread of the original tumor and preventing mets? How long does it work?
I hope he's able to fight it for at least 6 - 8 months, maybe more. I'm dreading the worst case... Is it possible for the chemo to not work and the cancer to start aggressively growing and metastisizing? Maybe it will not metastisize at all?
I ask a lot of questions about times and estimates because I'm deployed and trying to figure out what I need to do. I want to get my kids back to see their granddad before he gets seriously ill.