Patient Comments: Esophageal Cancer - Prognosis and Stage

What is your esophageal cancer prognosis? What stage is your esophageal cancer?

Comment from: Tom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

After spending a day at the beach with friends, eating salty grilled meats, not hydrating properly, my wife woke up with severe benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, BPPV. Fortunately, we had just been talking about it at the beach when one of our friends successfully treated himself with the Epley maneuver. After a visit to her doctor, who did the maneuver, and several successive home treatments by myself, having learned the treatment on YouTube, and watching her doctor, her vertigo passed in a day or two, then returned for a few weeks, then passed for good! Do the Epley, don't give up, it works!

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Comment from: fkasper, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 08

My son has stage 4 esophageal cancer with metastasis to the liver and lymph nodes. I am looking for hope.

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Comment from: VDiana, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 21

My father was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer (tumor in junction of stomach and esophagus) and I am curious to learn what treatment plans and drugs have other people with this disease received. My dad got 5 weeks of carboplatin 50 mg and paclitaxel 30 mg once a week and 5.5 weeks of daily radiation. We will re-test in a few weeks to learn if the treatment worked and if the cancer has not metastasized he will be scheduled for a gastro-esophagectomy.

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Comment from: Ctakba54, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 09

My husband was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer of the esophagus stage 3 in June 2010. He had radiation and chemotherapy prior to his esophagectomy in December 2010. He has had many side effects from the chemo and radiation. As of today he is cancer free! He has experienced blood clots, kidney stones, nausea, and vomiting. But the biggest most painful side effect has been the neuropathy in his feet. He is in constant pain. He has had every type of narcotic, pain patches, physical therapy, to no avail. We are now considering the neurostimulator to be implanted.

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Comment from: Big E from the Bay, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 08

My husband was grossly overweight, had reflux and began having problems feeling as if had something stuck in upper esophagus and not able to belch, he was diagnosed with T3L1 (stage 3,1 lymph node involved)esophageal cancer, he had extensive surgery after 6 weeks chemo and radiation, his surgery was 8.5 hours long, 88 lymph nodes removed, esophageal resection and top 1/3 stomach removed and in Jan 2012 will be 5 years since surgery. He is doing great, and keeps his weight in check as cancer loves fat cells.

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Comment from: Yvette, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I had huge surgery 9 years ago 2002 for Stage 2 Esophageal Cancer with Radiation and Chemo prior to my operation. I was 51 years old when diagnosed with no history of smoking or alcohol use. I do have Celiac Disease. Since my surgery I have never looked back, am following a strict gluten-free diet and feel wonderful. This disease can be beaten with an early diagnosis and a highly skilled surgeon.

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