Patient Comments: Esophageal Cancer - Prognosis and Stage

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

Comment from: susan, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 22

My husband diagnosed with Stage IIIA (upper left lung tumor wrapped around pulmonary artery so inoperable)June 2011 (went in thinking had pneumonia as daughter had weeks before ... x-ray made them question about TB, then got CT scan, then lung biopsy), given 6 - 9 months probable life span with no intervention. He began chemo and radiation in July, ended 2 rounds of chemo in Sept and radiation a few weeks later. Tumor was shrinking. Now (6/12) the tumor found to be growing again. Time for Chemo round 2 ... still inoperable. Any suggestions? Should we look at a 2nd opinion? P.S. Positive attitude, love, and laughter helps!

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Comment from: booger04, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 29

My husband was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma Esophageal cancer stage 3 in June 2009. He had never smoked a day in his life. He did work in a petroleum refinery for over 30years. Because he had adenocarcinoma they said that his cancer was not caused by abestoses, but I will never believe it. Since his diagnosis there has been 2 other diagnosis with co-workers from the same department. They were exposed to asbestos.

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Comment from: CHEMING'IN, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 12

My dad started by having difficulty in swallowing solid food, when he went to the doctor he was told that he had a growth in the esophagus, the growth was taken for test, when he went for results he was told that the growth was cancerous. We panicked because my grandma who is my father's mom died of stomach cancer 5 years ago, then two years ago my uncle who is his brother died of cancer too so we almost thought it was a family disease. After the diagnosis, his doctor opted for surgery. It was a trying moment for all of us. The surgery which the doctors had told us that it will take 5 hours went for 13 hours but it was successful.

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Comment from: lily, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 13

My husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer in Jan 2010. He had very vague symptoms, weight loss, difficulty swallowing, feeling like food was getting stuck lower esophagus, side pain occasionally. He had tumors in his liver and the lumps that he felt was what sent him to the doctor. Biopsy of liver done and then UGIE to find primary site. he had one round of chemo which dehydrated him , sent his blood sugar to over 1000. He expired Feb 2010 of dehydration related to chemo.

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Comment from: Dick, 65-74 Male Published: February 24

Five years ago today I had an esophagectomy for stage 3 adenocarcinoma type cancer. The entire esophagus and 1/3 of the stomach was removed. My prognosis is good thanks to the professional care I received.

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Comment from: Blue Eyes, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 01

I am 59 years old. Used to have some heartburn 20 years ago. Gave up drinking in 2004 and smoking Jan 12, 2011. Diagnosed with esophageal cancer 27/06/11. No pain anywhere. Starting to have problems swallowing solids 2 months ago and now can't even hold clear soup, coffee or water down. Surgeon's consultation next week and I guess a program of treatment.

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