A positive message of hope

mardigras Member Posts: 211 Member
edited May 15 in Esophageal Cancer #1

Hello all,

My name is Marci and I come here ocassionally to tell you that there can be light at the end of the tunnel. I am a caregiver to my husband, who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer aged 66. He had adenocarcinoma at the junction to his stomach. He had the normal chemo and it did not touch his tumour which was quite large. He was given the Ivor Lewis operation in Addenbrooks Hospital Cambridge where they also removed the top of his stomach and an enormous amount of lymph nodes. He did not have any following chemo as the first lot had not worked.

It was not a walk in the park, but he survived the operation and two weeks later walked out of the hospital under his own stream.

Fast forward 12 years and he is well and does all the things that he used to do.

He is a bit in the thin side and rarely has dumping syndrome, unless he overeats or has a lot of sugary things. He has a sweet tooth.

My prayers for all of you who receive this diagnosis, but keep on battling.




  • paul61
    paul61 Member Posts: 1,384 Member

    Hi Marci,

    Thank you for posting your message of hope. So many people come here full of fear after reading the dire statistics related to esophageal cancer on the internet. It is very important for them to hear from people who have the same diagnosis that they have and have moved beyond their cancer with treatment and perseverance.

    In addition, there have been so many advances in treatment protocols and surgical approaches since Rob and I were treated. The prognosis for people currently diagnosed is certainly promising.

    Best Regards,


  • mardigras
    mardigras Member Posts: 211 Member

    Hello Paul,

    Thank you for your message.

    it was really good to hear from you. I am so pleased that you are still doing well.

    Yes things certainly do move on a pace and hopefully many more people who are diagnosed with this horrible disease will benefit from improvements in treatment options.

    Take good care of yourself.

    Kindest regards,