loiswood's Journey with Esophagus (Esophageal) Cancer

Spouse/Partner: Esophagus (Esophageal) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Male, Age: 70

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    • loiswood
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Lost loved one


    My husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2013. He went through chemotherapy and radiation at which point the cancer was gone. We met with a thoracic surgeon who told us he could choose to not have surgery or have it. If not he would face the possibility of it recurring. The surgery was 12 hours and he was hospitalized for 4 and a half months with complications. Chest drains, enormous pain a feeding tube. After leaving the hospital he gradually got better, returned to playing golf and his normal activities. In June of 2015 his vocal chord became paralyzed for never diagnosed reasons. He lost weight and so needed a feeding tube again and a tracheostomy. From then until April 22 of this year he got weaker and weaker, could not eat or drink and was in horrible chronic pain from the massive surgery. The cancer had returned and nothing could be done. He passed away on April 22nd. I write all this to say that anyone who is considering this surgery should seek a second opinion and think very carefully about having it. It took a huge amount of time away from us and my husband's quality of life was destroyed. The surgery is not a cure and the cancer will come back. I feel now that he suffered horribly for nothing and would not make the same choice again. Cancer treatment is, at best, a crap shoot based on guess work. It's a monster that will steal your life and take away everything from you.