My Father is Having New Scans

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sal314
sal314 Member Posts: 599 Member
edited March 2014 in Esophageal Cancer #1
Tomorrow my dad has new scans to see if the new chemo he's taking is doing any good and whether or not the cancer has spread to any new areas. Please say a prayer for us. As many of of you know, testing to see what the "beast" has been up to is so very scary!

For those of you that don't know the background...my dad was diagnosed with stage IVb EC in March of this year. It had spread to several nodes and the liver at the time of his diagnoses. About a month ago, it was discovered in his spine. He has been on a new chemo for about a month.

He's doing amazingly well. He still can eat without any problems and still goes to work 4 days a week. His weight has remained steady after initially losing about 20 pounds when he was first diagnosed. He's doing lot of alternative stuff, which we believe has helped him remain stable and strong.

Your prayers are much appreciated!

Blessings,
Sally

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  • linda1120
    linda1120 Member Posts: 389
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    new scans
    Hi Sally,

    I hope that the new scans will bring a new communication to you from your father. Time is of utmost importance and I know how much you want to be included. I have been praying that your father will open up and share with you and your mother his wishes and needs.

    God Bless you all,

    Linda
  • sandy1943
    sandy1943 Member Posts: 824
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    Sally, My prayers are with
    Sally, My prayers are with your dad as he goes for scan today. I just spent an anxious week waiting for pet scan results after a seemingly bad ct scan. Today I am celebrating--all is well! I understand the feelings these test give us. We will be praying for another celebration when your dad's results come back.
    Sandra
  • sandy1943
    sandy1943 Member Posts: 824
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    Sally, My prayers are with
    Sally, My prayers are with your dad as he goes for scan today. I just spent an anxious week waiting for pet scan results after a seemingly bad ct scan. Today I am celebrating--all is well! I understand the feelings these test give us. We will be praying for another celebration when your dad's results come back.
    Sandra
  • mrsbotch
    mrsbotch Member Posts: 349
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    Sally I am praying for you
    You don't know me Sally but my husband has had the recurrance of the Beast and has started a rigorous chemo treatment. I know your dad can fight this. We all have to be aggressive fighters and get thru this.


    Many prayers

    Barb
  • slydog11
    slydog11 Member Posts: 40
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    Your Dad
    Hi Sally,

    It's uncanny but my story is very similar to yours.

    I was dx stage IVb in July with similar spread to the liver and nodes. So far I have been able to work four days a week as well. I just had another CT Scan Wednesday. I've completed four rounds of chemo. I agree that it's scary waiting for the results but my outlook is "it is what it is". I thank God for each day and for the excellent treatment I receive at MA General. As you are well aware, upon diagnosis your whole life changes and the cancer treatment becomes a new reality.

    I will pray for you and your dad's recovery.

    Paul
  • sal314
    sal314 Member Posts: 599 Member
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    Thank You All
    for your prayers, kind words and encouragement! Your prayers really are helpful. I feel them give me more strength and hope!

    Will let you know the latest news as soon as I find out.

    Blessings,

    Sally
  • LivingFaith
    LivingFaith Member Posts: 74
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    sal314 said:

    Thank You All
    for your prayers, kind words and encouragement! Your prayers really are helpful. I feel them give me more strength and hope!

    Will let you know the latest news as soon as I find out.

    Blessings,

    Sally

    Scanxiety!
    I feel for you and sending prayers your way.

    Since my dad was too sick for chemo, about 2 weeks ago he got a CT scan. It showed the chemo wasn't working and he now has mets to the lungs and more in the liver. He still is able to work full time too.

    I think Dads especially have a hard time sharing the news about their cancer. Mine told me he feels like he is letting us all down and is worried about my mom being okay. They have always been the strong providers caring for the family and now face that they need to be the ones cared for. A tough pill to swallow.

    Are you and your dad getting together to watch the game on Saturday?

    Take Care,
    Deb
  • sal314
    sal314 Member Posts: 599 Member
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    Scanxiety!
    I feel for you and sending prayers your way.

    Since my dad was too sick for chemo, about 2 weeks ago he got a CT scan. It showed the chemo wasn't working and he now has mets to the lungs and more in the liver. He still is able to work full time too.

    I think Dads especially have a hard time sharing the news about their cancer. Mine told me he feels like he is letting us all down and is worried about my mom being okay. They have always been the strong providers caring for the family and now face that they need to be the ones cared for. A tough pill to swallow.

    Are you and your dad getting together to watch the game on Saturday?

    Take Care,
    Deb

    Thanks Deb!
    It's great that your dad can talk to you about his worries. Wish mine would! So sad to watch someone you love go through such an ordeal so alone. But that is how he's choosing to handle it, so I'm trying really hard to respect that! (Not easy!)

    We're gonna try to watch the game together. Not sure if he's up for it. Haven't heard anything from them yet. I usually wait and let him call me. If he doesn't, I know it's because he'd rather be by himself.

    Boy...it's gonna be a tough game tomorrow! Hoping they can pull it off!!

    Thinking of you and your family as well. Glad to hear your dad is doing well. I was a little nervous for you all after I read your last post!

    GO HUSKERS!!

    Blessings,
    Sally
  • oriontj
    oriontj Member Posts: 375
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    Praying for good news
    for your Dad and all of you...I hate when scan time comes around...dh's will be after we go to Vegas in December. It's always an anxious time.

    orion
  • Bobs1wife
    Bobs1wife Member Posts: 150
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    New Scans
    Sally, I hope your dad's scans were good. I'm thinking of you today watching the Huskers with your dad! Hopefully he is feeling better and will enjoy the game. We'll be watching, too. Fellow Huskers, Bob and Linda
  • paul61
    paul61 Member Posts: 1,392 Member
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    Praying for Good Results
    Sally,

    I will be praying for you and your Dad as he receives his new scans today. It is always a difficult time waiting for the results. I will be praying the results are what you and your Dad hope to hear.

    Best Regards,

    Paul Adams
    McCormick, South Carolina

    DX 10/22/2009 T2N1M0 Stage IIB
    12/03/2009 Ivor Lewis
    2/8 through 6/14/2010 Adjuvant Chemo Cisplatin, Epirubicin, 5 FU
    6/21/2010 CT Scan NED

    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!
  • sal314
    sal314 Member Posts: 599 Member
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    Good News!
    My father's new scans came back as unchanged. All things considered, that's great news! Nothing new has started and nothing old has gotten bigger. So...he is continuing with his chemo.

    Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers!

    Blessings,
    Sally
  • linda1120
    linda1120 Member Posts: 389
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    sal314 said:

    Good News!
    My father's new scans came back as unchanged. All things considered, that's great news! Nothing new has started and nothing old has gotten bigger. So...he is continuing with his chemo.

    Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers!

    Blessings,
    Sally

    No Change
    Sally, this is good news! Any open conversation with him yet? I am praying for you and your family.

    Hugs,

    Linda
  • Tina Blondek
    Tina Blondek Member Posts: 1,500 Member
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    sal314 said:

    Good News!
    My father's new scans came back as unchanged. All things considered, that's great news! Nothing new has started and nothing old has gotten bigger. So...he is continuing with his chemo.

    Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers!

    Blessings,
    Sally

    Congrats
    Hello Sally
    Glad to hear of your dad's recent scan results. That is good news. Communication is key in any relationship. Let your mom and dad know how you are feeling, how it upsets you that your dad does not communicate well. Once he knows this, he may open up and discuss all of his feelings with you. You can also start writing a journal. This will be very helpful for you. Ask dad if he is willing to write in the journal as well. Sometimes it is easier to write down our feelings than it is to speak them. I will continue to pray for you and your dad to have a better relationship. Peace to all of you.
    Tina in Va
  • LivingFaith
    LivingFaith Member Posts: 74
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    sal314 said:

    Good News!
    My father's new scans came back as unchanged. All things considered, that's great news! Nothing new has started and nothing old has gotten bigger. So...he is continuing with his chemo.

    Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers!

    Blessings,
    Sally

    Good News
    Sally,

    I'm so happy about the scan results! I was praying for you. Maybe now your family can enjoy the holiday season a little more at ease.

    Deb
  • K_ann1015
    K_ann1015 Member Posts: 500
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    sal314 said:

    Good News!
    My father's new scans came back as unchanged. All things considered, that's great news! Nothing new has started and nothing old has gotten bigger. So...he is continuing with his chemo.

    Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers!

    Blessings,
    Sally

    the smallest of victories should be savored!
    Awesome news Sally!!!
    I am happy to hear of good news!!!
    Kim