vizsladad's Journey with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Esophagus Ca...

Survivor: Esophagus (Esophageal) Cancer > Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: almost 8 years ago, Male, Age: 71

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    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Couldn't believe it was cancer.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had tumor removed, replaced part of esophagus with small intestine, put in a feeding tube and I spent 11 hours in surgery. Once they removed the breathing tube it was discovered my vocal cords were paralyzed. They placed a trachea tube and I still have that 2 years later.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    almost 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    56 radiation treatments. 5 days a week for 6 weeks. Chemo during this time too.

    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Received xeloda pills through a feeding tube as I couldn't eat or drink for 7 months. I got pneumonia during treatment (radiation and chemo) so they stopped chemo and continued radiation.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    almost 6 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Happy when radiation treatments were finished.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Had a PET scan in Dec.10 and found cancer was in my lungs.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Brought out the big guns this time. Palliative care only. Made it through 2 cycles and decided quality over quantity.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    almost 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Decided I would rather have what time I have left enjoying my life instead of feeling terrible with side effects of chemo. It can't cure it. Power of prayer will see me through and God's grace.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Cancer is shrinking

    Celebration

    Never had a scan after I quit chemo. Palliative Care team told me not to come back until I have symptoms. I saw oncologist in Dec.11 after having CT scans and she told me the large tumors were smaller and some of the small ones were gone. Talk about an early Christmas present!! Yes the cancer is still there but at least it's not progressing as fast as possible and the 2 cycles of chemo had an effect. I mostly credit this to God's grace and all the prayers!!!

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