Nov 19, 2013 - 10:53 am
I have been able to read a little from these discussions in the attempt to find out more about esophageal cancer. My father, age 66, was diagnosed this week with stage 4 EC with lymph node involvement (no organ involvement).
About 7 years ago he was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma and beat it! My mom gave me this information about exactly what he had… cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is like the umbrella over these two - mycosis fungoidis, seyzary syndrome.
He is getting a biopsy of the lymph nodes this week to rule out lymphoma, but he had blood work done at MD Anderson (October 2013) as well as a CT scan 6 months ago and nothing showed up for lymphoma. But because of his history they want to rule it out.
I am writing to find out the good and bad experiences with stage 4 EC as well as your treatments and any alternatives medicines combined with the chemo. He told my mom that since he beat the other cancer, he thinks he can beat this one, but we need to know the real picture facing stage 4 EC. I’ve read that surgery is out and there has been no talk about surgery, just the chemo.
He received treatment for the Hodgkins at MD Anderson in Houston at the time because they lived nearby. They are now retired and living in Arkansas and have access to the medical centers in Little Rock along with my brother and large support system through their church and friends.
Thanks for any of your stories…