Patient Comments: Esophageal Cancer - Types

Do you or someone you know have adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus? Please share your story.

Comment from: Kathy, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 10

My son was a healthy 31-year-old, and then he started to lose weight in April of 2011. He wasn't sick – just had a little pressure when he chewed sometimes. I took him to the hospital and they diagnosed him with esophageal cancer. Doctor said he had Barrett's, and it was hereditary. The doctor said it had spread to the stomach, pancreas, and liver. They wanted to try chemo to slow it down. He didn't try it because he'd already lost too much weight. He died on October 8, 2011. They found out later that two of my brothers have it and they take prescription antacid. It's so sad that it was too late for my son to take it.

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