Ruthie's Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Esophagus Cancer

Patient: Esophagus (Esophageal) Cancer > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 74, Stage IV

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    • Ruthie
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophag...
    about 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had survived uterine cancer for 14 years.

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    • Ruthie
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophag...
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Didn't lose my hair till after I was finished. Was tired mostly.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Ruthie
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophag...
    about 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I did well except for the last 4 or 5. Throat was raw by then, but recovered to normal in a couple of weeks. Didn't have much trouble eating till then.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Ruthie
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophag...
    about 4 years ago
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    tumor was shrunk but cancer has spread to lymph nodes. Continued to grow on chemo.

    Decision Point

    Decided to try clinical trial in Baltimore at Johns-Hopkins. Am getting ready as soon as we find temporary housing there. Big step!

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