ManeMadness' Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Esophagus Cancer

Spouse/Partner: Esophagus (Esophageal) Cancer > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Male, Age: 63

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Learned My Husband has cancer.

    Oh No

    We found out he had a mass in his esophagus on August 1st by chance. We were in the horrible stage of waiting and shock. To top it off, we found out it was cancer not from a doctor, but by reading it on paper. No one had called us and we went to pick up some records to take to another doctor. As I checked to make sure all paperwork was his, I saw the final biopsy report with, "MALIGNANT," in all caps. What a way to find out.

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Endoscopy Ultrasound

    Procedure or Surgery

    We met the wonderful people at IU Hospital Cancer Center in Indianapolis. Everyone was incredibly kind, very informative, and uplifting. The doctor spent almost a half hour with us after the procedure to explain everything, potential treatments, answering questions, etc. I felt a sense of peace leaving there knowing we are going to have the top people on this. They also set up appointments with the top oncologist for this type of cancer as well as the surgeon we wanted. Feeling relieved we have our, "team," in place. Time to get rolling.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My husband had cisplatin with 5FU. He had a total of two rounds of this: one at the beginning of radiation and one during the last week of radiation treatments. Side effects were minimal aside from hiccups. He did become very tired the few days after the 5FU pump was removed, but would start bouncing back within 3-4 days. He did require fluids both times despite drinking lots of water throughout. Other than that, he experienced none of the typical side effects that the doctors had prepared us for. Some of his hair did fall out about three weeks after the first round, he didn't seem to lose any additional after the 2nd round.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. 5
    almost 5 years ago
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    Radiation

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

    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  6. 6
    almost 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Esophagectomy on November 21st. 9 Days in the hospital. Recovery went very smoothly and he left the hospital days ahead of schedule. The worst part of it for him was just being in the hospital that long once he started feeling good.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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