Patient Comments: Esophageal Cancer - Treatment

What kinds of treatment, including radiation or chemotherapy, did you receive for esophageal cancer?

Comment from: yellowroses, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 15

My husband was immediately put on daily radiation for 6 weeks targeting the tumor, and also two one-week treatments of chemotherapy, 3 weeks apart. He would get an 8 hour infusion on a Monday at cancer center and then wear a pump around his waist that would infuse 24 hours a day and wear it from Tuesday to Friday. He was able to work at his job if he felt well enough. A caution was to watch out for other peoples infections since his immune system was killed off while on treatment. He avoided large crowds and basically just kept around the house when not working. He is done with treatment and waiting for surgery.

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Comment from: Goblue, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 13

I have continuously been on chemo for one year due to stage 4 diagnosis. They have given me 3 different types as I had an allergic reaction to the first one after 6 months. The next one stopped working as I had trouble swallowing after being on it for 5 months. The doctor ordered radiation and chemo for 30 days. I am currently not on anything as PET showed cancer only in the tumor and it had shrunk significantly. I will see the doctor in 3 weeks and we'll see what that brings.

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