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Stage IV 8 weeks post Esophagogastrectomy what to eat?

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Hello everyone, this is my first post and looking for some advice for my Mom who was diagnosed with Stage 4 andinocarcinoma at GE junction Last Sept.  She underwent presurgery FLOT chemo for 8 weeks and surgery was performed at Lehigh Valley cancer institute on Jan 18th.  Pathology confirmed that chemo didn’t work (no dead cancer cells) however tumor shrunk from size of fist to walnut.  Surgery was deemed a success.

she was not a candidate for minimally invasive due to previous surgeries so was operated on through her abdomen as well as her back.  She’s suffering from back pain on a regular basis and wondering how long this will last?

she is also struggling with excessive gas and pain with most meals.  She’s also dealing with constipation most days where as before surgery, bowels were decently normal.

can anyone provide insight into food choices that you were able to tolerate at this stage of recovery As well as any understanding of how long it will be until she starts feeling more normal?


thank you


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Hello Melissa,

I also had "open" surgery like your Mom. In my case in 2009. It was almost a year before the back pain I had went away. Initially, I had pain just below my right shoulder blade when I did any repetitious activity including walking or yard work. Gradually, things improved over the year after surgery. I now have a feeling of pressure in the same location when I stand for a long time or walk or do yard work but no pain. 

In terms of dealing with gas and abdominal discomfort, I found that if I ate things that were relatively bland and easy to digest I did better. I mean things like scrambled eggs, chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, etc. I found I had trouble with foods that were spicy, and foods that were hard to digest like steak, spaghetti, etc.

With time all of these things improve but I have to say that it was a full year before I felt that I was back to feeling as well as I did before surgery. It does take time.   

Best Regards,



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thank you for the feedback and will pass along the information.  

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