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    Celebration (6 month post operation CAT scan): Happy to get the report that at 6 months post op no evidence of cancer is showing up on my scan. Hope it continues.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): A minimally invasive VAT (video assisted thoracotomy) was done to preform a wedge resection to remove a small solitary nodule in the upper lobe of my left lung. Pathologist report showed it to be metastatic esophageal cancer. Both surgery and recovery went perfectly and I was released to go home the following day after surgery. I wish permanently getting rid of cancer was as easy and painless as this procedure was.

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    Oh No (Cancer has spread/Metastasized): At my 12 month post op (THE) CAT scan I had a small 5x5.5x7 mm solitary nodule show up in the upper lobe of my left lung. My surgeon presented the scan and results to the University of Michigan tumor board and they recommended removing the nodule.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): Trans-Hiatal Esophagectomy (THE) at Univ. of Michigan planned for 4 weeks after completion of chemo-radiation treatments. Surgery went great, completed in about 4 1/2 hours. Recovery was mostly uneventful considering how radical of a surgery it is. I took about 9 months to completely recover from the chemo-radiation, surgery and the debilitating effects of both. However, at 10 months out of surgery I'm feeling great and have pretty well become accustomed to all the "New Normals" that follow this kind of surgery. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't hesitate to do it.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): 28 treatments 5 days per week until completed.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Will have once a week infusions of Carbo-Taxol for 5 1/2 weeks during radiation treatments