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    Harold asked a questionEsophagus (Esophageal) Cancer

    side effects of esophagus removal

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      cam32505

      My ex-husband had something done with his esophagus (not cancer). I think it broke away, and they had to reattach it, using something artificial. It was a serious surgery. He can eat somewhat normally. He has since then had a couple of mini strokes which impaired his swallowing somewhat.

      almost 4 years ago
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      BoiseB

      Yes there are side effects of the removal of the esophagus. A part of your digestive system has been removed and it isn't comming back. You will always have to sleep sitting up. Some people I know sleep in a lazyboy recliner, some have hospital beds. I have a special bed my daughter made for me. I also use one of those doughnut like neck supports people use for traveling. Then there is eating you must learn to chew your food well. You will probably have to eat six small meals a day as opposed to three squares a day. Oh and be careful about bending over you can get a bad acid reflux

      almost 4 years ago
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      TammyF

      Just want to say ...my husband has the same cancer First thing the docs wanted to do was remove the esophagus. My husband also has a heart condition so surgery was not an option.
      The life expectancy was grim with only chemo and radiation as a weapon. But it worked
      He is in remission without surgery ... Might be good to see if that could happen to you as well
      His chemo was taxol and carbo and 35 rounds of radiation is what saved his life

      almost 4 years ago
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    Decision Point

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    Other Care (CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)): I am taking cancer-fighting medicinal mushrooms (Turkey Feather fungi)

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      ashden009

      Harold I am very interested in Alternative medicine can you share your experience with me. God Bless You

      over 3 years ago
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    Decision Point (now after nearly a year of NED (petscan, a second endoscopy,) my GI doc told me that the latest biopsy shows presence of cancer cells again): From past conversations with this Oncologist I think he will say I need esophageal/stomach surgery - something I will again resist