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    Loss (Lost loved one): On December 15 my amazing husband lost his short (4months) battle to EC. Just writing that feels wrong. He was 4 days shy of his 42nd birthday. I am still trying to process all this. Four months ago when he started treatment I never tought I would be here writing this.
    In September he was diagnosed as stage three but by Thanksgiving when he went into the hospital for ascites they told him it was stage 4. I wonder if is oncologist knew more then he let on because the cancer spread so fast, and I dont think he would have suffered through treatment if he didnt have to. He just never caught any breaks and never had good days. I lost him once the treatment started, he was never himself again.
    The hardest part of this cancer was watching him take his last breath. I miss him every moment of every day. Yesterday was Christmas and I wonder how I got through. Its hard to watch others be so happy when you are so sad and empty

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      GregP_WN

      No doubt about it, it's a terrible hard thing to do, loosing a loved one. I lost Mom and Dad both to cancer withing 10 months of each other. This was the hardest thing I have ever done,including fighting cancer 3 times myself. Sorry for your loss, but we thank you for being here with us.

      about 4 years ago
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      Allison,
      I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My husband was diagnosed stage 4 with mets to the brain right after Thanksgiving. I can only imagine the pain you are feeling. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs to you!

      about 4 years ago
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    AllisonV asked a questionEsophagus (Esophageal) Cancer

    my husband has had 7 radiation treatments mucus is so bad he cant eat or drink. Has anyone else had this. he is stage 3 esophegal cancer

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      patchez0

      I have larnex cancer and just finished treatments 4 weeks ago, I am expiencing the same problem the pain at times is so bad....They have me on two pain medicatrions, ....but even then eating is painful, and burns....I'd be interested in knowing if you find anything that works. (I am on loratab and a fental patch) It does kill the pain abit but not enough to say it's gone...

      over 4 years ago
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      TammyF

      Is he using muguard aka magic mouth wash, it really helps my husband ..same cancer

      over 4 years ago
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      Hi Allison

      You don’t say what medication he is having, but many with this cancer are plagued with mucus. The mucus glands will be over producing, most likely because of the tumour growth. I have found getting a pat on the back and coughing up as much as possible can help. You need to find something that will ease the irritation to stop the mucus forming. You are doing the right thing by keeping the mouth clean and should brush at least 3 times a day. Gaviscon can be helpful along with omeprazole, however I have found Zantac to be more effective. The trick I have found is to cough as much up as possible and not attempt to eat or drink for a while, then take a zantac followed by some gaviscon.

      It may be that a stent needs to be fitted and is something you should maybe talk to your medical team about. The symptoms he is having can be hard to control but press your doctor to come up with a solution, but sometimes you have to experiment a little to see what best works. I was lucky enough to have an operation and am now leading a near normal life. This illness is wicked, however there are things that can be done to help so don’t be frightened to push for the help you need.

      Steve

      over 4 years ago
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