hi calibrina. i too live in sac and my dad has stage 4 esophgeal cancer. he had his esophagus removed in august '09. they thought they caught it early enough and gave him a clean bill of health. 2 weeks ago we found out it's back and is in his lymph nodes and throat. i understand so well how hopeless you feel. i wish i could take the pain and anxiety away from him (although i do have the anxiety already). i will follow your journey. if you ever want to talk, please email me. i'm awful at talking on the phone, but can write emails forever. and don't listen to numbers. they are just a guess, at best. my neighbor has prostate cancer and was given less than 5 years and that was almost 11 years ago.
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Oh No (Diagnosed): on Friday April 13th, my big brother told me his test results from PET came back & that he does in fact have stage 4 Esophageal Cancer, the tumor has spread to his lymph nodes and possible liver, they want to do a biopsy this week on the liver and they were suppose to insert a tube in to his chest today but the Doctor called in sick and will now be out all week, so not starting off so good .
I don't know if I am making any sense here I'm searching for any help, coping through this what to expect. My brother feels he that the Doctor told him he could expect to live around 12-18months if he took good care of his health, WOW! this is it, huh? I am so devastated I can barely swallow myself I feel like someone is standing on my chest and the tears just pour out I feel so hopeless, I barely have any family left. I can't fix this and I feel so helpless
I live in Sacramento, he lives down in concord, CA
I will write more as I know more. I do know he said he wasn't to thrilled with his cancer doctor I suggested he get a 2nd opinion
. . . okay i'm stopping for now I got to get my attention on other things, so many things I need to gather for him i dont know where to begin