Reed's Journey:

Survivor: Esophagus (Esophageal) Cancer > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Male, Age: 68

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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophagus...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnoses

    Oh No

    Dec 2010 was when they finalle dicovered why I was having a problem with my swallowing. I had a tumor laying at the bottem of my esophagus. And yes it was Cancer. Stage 4A, I asked is that better than stage 4b. The dr. said yes. So I had a small window of hope. Dr told me that there was an operation that could be done, but I to put that out of my mine for now. So that is what I did, thinking only of my plan of treatment of now. One day at a time. I was to start ratiation therapy and chemo therapy

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    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Having the port installed was a very good idea. I knew I was going to have alot of chemo, so it would really save my veins. Plus save me from having to get poked all the time. And I did have alot of chemo.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    So in Jan 2011 I started chemortherapy (carboplatin and taxol),that was once a week. I also started 30 treatments of Radiation, that was everyday.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophagus...
    over 1 year ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Had to go in every day to have radiation. The objective was to try and shrink the tumor that was growing at the bottom of my esophagus. If it worked then I might be able to have the surgery. Yea! IT WORKED.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 1 year ago
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    esophagus removal

    Procedure or Surgery

    March 2011 I had my esophagus removed and 1/3 of my stomach removed. About a 5 hour surgery but all went well. Had a feeding tube installed during my surgery. Doc had to also remove 30 limp notes. I believe 5 had cancer so I had to continue chemo after I recovered from surgery. I took awhile before I could eat normal again. I get full faster but I can eat anything I want now.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophagus...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I probably started my chemo to soon after my surgery. But I wanted to get it started. I wouldn't have needed it if the cancer hadn't showed up in a few of the limp notes that they removed. Any way this round of chemo was a lot tougher than the first time. Ho I also had to take chemo pills every day {didn't like those either}. Heavy duty, 6 months of feeling like sh-- not to good. My hair really thinned out but I didn't have to cut off.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 1 year ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Well in August 2011 was my last chemo treatment and today is Jan 2016. All of my Pet scan have been clean since. I have one more to do in a few months then I think they are going to cut me loose for the more part. I believe this truly a gift from God.

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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophagus...
    over 1 year ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Date: 4/11/16 Well after being free of cancer for over 5 years, I had my last Pet scan. My wife and I met with my oncologist this week and great news, still no signs of cancer. So my wife asked if I was still in remission. I could hardly believe my ears. He said no I was cured. Lots of hard work and Prayers

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