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    As a fellow Clermont person with Esophageal cancer, any hints

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      #1 is Positive attitude and belief in no other outcome but successful. I am 100% sure that treating this as no more than having my tonsil removed went a long way in giving the mindset that this would be the outcome. Dr Scott Kelly, Watson clinic. Specialist in laproscopic surgery for esophagectomy. He is a surgeon oncologist. Worth talking to. Care in Lakeland hospital was decent. I am coming up on 5 years, no cancer. Do not accept any surgeon or oncologist or gastroenterology doctor telling you doom and gloom. Insist on only seeing and hearing positive results. Dr Scott is that way from the start. I tried to talk my younger brother into seeing him. I wish he had. There are no guarantees, but being positive really made a difference. I cried when I was diagnosed. But then told myself it is what it is and it's time to get help from the experts and professionals.

      5 months ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Waiting to begin in about a month. Need to strengthen from surgery.

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      no chemo. Just being tested bloodwork regularly to watch for cancer markers. Goos so far.

      almost 5 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): I had the lower portion of my esophogus removed from the stomach up to just above the barretts esophogus. The surgery took a little more than two hours. The Surgeon Oncologist I had is considered one of the best in the country. He told me the surgery went extremely well. It was mostly an laproscopic procedure that he continues to pioneer. Pain was primarily at the incision sites. However, it is sore thoughout the stomach and chest area. I am now 9 days after surgery and feeling very well. Only slight discomfort. The hospital stay was 8 days. Not typical-can be up to 15 days while they insure the reconnect area is healed and not leaking and the rest of the organs are working properly.
    Namely the stomach, lower intestines. Ie. pass gas and bowel movement.

    Keep in mind attitude is everything.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): Was having some difficulty swallowing. About two weeks prior to a family doctor appointment I was only and just slightly able to get soup and shakes down. Went to doctor. Got sent to a gastroenterologist. Scheduled a procedure to Stretch my throat. Took biopsies. Result a week later indicated distal acarcenoma. That was Sept.19 .

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