mdropp's Journey with Esophagus (Esophageal) Cancer

Patient: Esophagus (Esophageal) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Male, Age: 55, Stage IV

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    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Went to the doctor for a simple EGD looking for a possible ulcer and was instead diagnosed with advanced esophageal cancer

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    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    The port was implanted w/o any complications and healed accordingly. Because I also have a compromised immune system from HIV/AIDS (cd4 160) and also Chronic Hepatitis B with cirrhosis there was fear of the possibility of infection.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had my first chemotherapy IV infusion of Oxaliplatin just 5 days after my port was implanted. Other than just feeling slightly fatigued, some stomach cramps and a metallic taste in my mouth that same day I felt fine. I had been prepared for all these debilitating side affects from nausea to neuropathy that never materialized.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Nausea medicine

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Was prescribed Ondansetron for any nausea. I took as precautionary measure for 2 days with my Xeloda doses but found that I didn't need it.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Xeloda

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Began an oral therapy of Xeloda the day after my first infusion. I take 3000mg a day...1500 in the a.m. and 1500 in the p.m. seven days on and then seven days off. Again I have yet to feel any common side affects as were expected.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    No more than when I was first diagnosed and began therapy. I attribute any fatigue to my other diagnosis HIV/AIDS & HpvB since it is no less or any greater then before I was diagnosed with cancer.

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