Esophageal Cancer - Symptoms and Signs

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Published: March 02

My dear friend is the one with esophageal cancer at this point he has been on treatment for about 7 months. The chemotherapy ceased working at about 5 months and course of treatment with radiation was done and a new chemotherapy cocktail is being given now. The recent endoscopy showed the throat was totally closed on top by the tumor, the stent in the esophagus itself is now fully infiltrated by the tumor and the tumor is occupying about a 1/3 of the stomach. There has been no eating or drinking since treatment, started only a feeding tube that goes directly into the stomach on the side. A pump feeds him during his sleeping hours for the most part. The saliva was the most difficult part of the symptoms in the beginning. Now he has enough pain to need the morphine and is feeling so constipated that any awake time he has is spent in the moaning over gastric pressure and pain, and of course the pain medicines make him dizzy and unstable to even walk a few steps, and he is incoherent a lot. The wife's answer to these issues is to plan to take him to Seattle (hours away) in hopes of better treatment than the local place can give her husband. The cancer grows no matter what, it is growing slowly..

Published: March 24

My husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer on February 6th, 2015. His symptoms were light. He had really bad night sweats and a sinus infection 2 weeks before his diagnosis. They did a sonogram and saw 2 spots on his lung and 3 spots on his liver. We went for a CT scan and that’s when we got the horrible news. Stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was cleaning out for a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. He lost all his energy, passed out in the floor and ended up in the emergency room. We were in CCU for a week and he got 6 pints of blood and 3 bags of plasma. The last day we were there they did a biopsy. The cancer was rapidly growing. We only got to go to the oncologist twice and he passed away on March 5th, 2015. I am writing this to tell you that if you have any problems with acid reflux have the necessary test done often! We didn't get the chance to fight it..