Dec 21, 2013 - 12:39 pm
Hi, I'm Mark, 53 year old male with a newly diagnosed esophougous cancer and scared to say the least, came here looking for hope and advice on how to win this battle.
Been having heartburn issues that got worse and loosing weight since I had a gall bladder removal in June 2013. Pain never really went away as eating became harder. Don't think it had anything to do with the gall bladder?
Had some blood in urine again, also had a kidney stone removed a couple years back and no signs of new stones. It goes away but as preventitive did a CT scan of kidney and found a spot. MRI shows the spot as well but benign so just need to check it every 6 months.
But the CT scan showed some thickening of esophougous which explained the problem eating and was probably caused by the heartburn?
So I was scheduled for endiscope (SP?) and found the thickening of esophougous to be much larger tumor and byopsies were taken. They came back positive for cancer.
Tuesday I get a PET scan to see if the cancer has spread. Chemo and radiation is being sheduled. The doctors are not sure where to send me for surgery after that because I have had a bariatric Ruen Y bypass years ago... so advise on this complication would be appriciated?
Eating any solid food has slowly gone away and I'm down to liquids at this time. Have lost 55 pounds since June. Trying to keep some nutrition and health wise most of my food intake is protien drinks and vitimans. Advice on nutition would be apprciated?
Zantac and Carafate seem to be keeping the heartburn under control. I've added benafiber to proteirn drinks to get constipation under control along with more water. But seems even water and drinks are getting harder, must sip slowly or it backs up and very painful. Feeling weak and tired from the lack of nutrition and all the weight loss.
Really scared at the moment from all this and looking up survival rates for esphogous cancer has NOT helped! Seen many survivors here with many years so there may be hope?
I'll add more info when I get it like stage and? I guess the PET scan will tell me more?
Would like some help as to how to get through the chemo, radiation as well as keeping nutrition up to keep the body healthy for the fight! Am I going to loose my hair? Just wondering if I should shave the head and beard before I get started? I'm not a very hansome guy to begin with! LOL!