Starting Chemo Monday

cclambert Member Posts: 30
edited March 2014 in Esophageal Cancer #1
Surgery on Dec. 21, 2009. One lymph node postive. No chemo recommended since they didn't do it before surgery.

Since leaving Houston with no Chemo, my surgeon said to find an oncologist that would give me chemo. I saw an oncologist yesterday in Baton Rouge, and will be admitted to the hospital Monday to start 96 hours of Cisplatin and 5FU. He said I should leave the hospital Friday, and then come back in 3 weeks to do it again for a total of 4 rounds. I did not realize that chemo was given over such a long time. I thought they did it in one day over 6-8 hours.

I am such a baby, even though I went there to get chemo, when he said it, I just broke down and cried like a baby. He said that the chemo is the best way to try to make sure it never comes back. I just want this whole nightmare to go away and leave me alone.

He is a very compassionate doctor, unlike Dr. Ajani in Houston. I asked him why he thought Ajani would not give me chemo, and he said some doctors do it one way and will not change their ways. But he and 3 doctors in his office agreed that I should have the chemo.

All your support and prayers are needed and are appreciated.

Cathy Lambert


  • Pghmomma
    Pghmomma Member Posts: 141
    Your making the right move! You want and try everything in your power not to have this beast come back!

    I know what you mean about dr's having their own ways for chemo.

    I know my dad is stage 3 with 4 nodes out of 25 positive, he didnt get chemo before. Just after surgery. They said the tumor was easily removed without chemo to shrink it down.

    Its okay to cry, your not a baby, your going thur alot right now! Its okay it will be worth it in the long run. Hang in there

    God Bless
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  • cclambert
    cclambert Member Posts: 30
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    Hi William,
    Glad to hear

    Hi William,
    Glad to hear from you. I had the EMR in November, then the esophagectomy on Dec. 21, when they found the one positive node. The node apparently did not show up before, so they thought they could get it all with the EMR. Now I am glad the EMR was not the "cure" as I would still have the positive node in me producing ugly little cells. I know the chemo is just a "bump" in the rode, and I will get through it and live happily ever after. The doctor says the chemo is not going to be as bad as I think, but I know it won't be a bed of roses.

    I will try to post more while undergoing the chemo.

    I appreciate everyone on this board, it has been so helpful. This is a hard thing to face, and the experience and encouragement of so many really helps me.

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  • cjmac49
    cjmac49 Member Posts: 100
    Good luck Cathy. It might
    Good luck Cathy. It might not be as bad as you think. I made it through the very regimen you will be experiencing without devastating complications. You can do it. You're not the only baby here. I cried - or had some tears - at most of the big junctures of the treatment. The whole thing is overwhelming. Hang tough.

    best to you.