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

Survivor: Esophagus (Esophageal) Cancer > Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 15 years ago, Female, Age: 71, Stage III

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    • JMH
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, E...
    over 8 years ago
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    I am celebrating being cancer free for 6 years. I was diagnosed December 2005 with 2 areas of cancer in my esophagus. My only symptom was difficulty swallowing. My doctor was totally surprised to discover I had cancer. Within one month of diagnosis I was in treatment at John Hopkins Hospital. I had chemo and radiation but no surgery. I was in treatment for 3 months and had a lot of problems with the chemo. The radiation was a breeze. The worst part was not being able to swallow - even my saliva - for 8 months. My throat was closed tight after the treatment. But I never gave up and tried to live a normal life. We found a doctor who tried 3 times to open my throat. It was hard and I had a lot of complications but on the third try he succeeded. Looking at me now you'd never know I had cancer. I go back about once a year for a throat dialation. And I praise God and the doctors every Thanksgiving because it is because of them that I can sit at the table and eat with my family. I will be happy to share my journey and experiences with anyone who has esophageal cancer.

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