Patient Comments: Esophageal Cancer - Prognosis and Stage

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

Comment from: kevinclairmont, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 08

I have been dealing with cluster headaches for 23 years now. I get them on the right side, with excruciating pain in my right eye, tearing, nasal running, and the entire right side of my face droops. I experience them 2 to 8 times a day but mainly at night. I have tried a lot of different treatments and here's what works for me; 12 to 16 ml of 100 percent oxygen from an E-tank, verapamil, prednisone and injections of Kenalog, a steroid. The prednisone and Kenalog lessen the headaches and it only takes 10 minutes of oxygen for the headache to subside. Best wishes to all of my cluster head friends!

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Comment from: john, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 22

I was in a motorcycle accident, it was an occurrence due to failure of the rear tire while making a turn on a residential street. I basically did a full body slam on my right side onto the gutter, curb, and sidewalk with the bike slamming down on top of me resulting in a dislocated shoulder, and taking a thirty mph punch to the abdomen by the curb into soft area between the ribcage and pelvic area. I am very lucky nothing was broken or ruptured, however I had massive bruising that upon dissipation resulted in a very large hematoma over my right hip at the belt line. It has been six weeks and I see no shrinkage as of yet. I have been told that nothing can be done. I really need some sort of idea how to make this thing go away, it has increased my waist size from 34 to 44 on one side. If I find a solution I will post again.

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Comment from: YoungWoman, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

It was 13 days after my 26th birthday when I was scoped for my cancer. I had cancer in the gastroesophageal junction where the stomach and esophagus meet. It was diagnosed in stage 4. They told me I had 8 months to 1 year to live and they would only give me chemotherapy. That was 3 years ago. I am now 29. I was the youngest patient that they had ever seen with this type of cancer.

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Comment from: Hungry Jack, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

My oncologist said that with stage 3 L2 staging of esophageal cancer that my 3 year survival rate is over 50%. I'm going through mild chemotherapy and radiation, followed by surgery. A strong will to live offers the best chance to eliminate this horrible disease. My lifestyle is going to change forever, not necessarily for the better either.

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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: 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 07

My mom was just diagnosed at age 71 with stage 3 esophageal cancer at the junction between the esophagus and stomach. She was asymptomatic. They found it after a food poisoning incident and running tests. She is doing chemotherapy/radiation and surgery in 6 weeks. Her surgeon is very blasé about this process and assumes everyone would want to do this because it won't go away by itself. I worry that this will all be for naught because the surgery looks incredibly risky and dangerous. We are in a good area for the surgery however, a large metro area with great hospitals, but you just never know how things will play out.

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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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