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    Celebration (Remission): 2 1/2 months after surgery and there are still no signs of cancer!!

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    hey everyone...so I set up a fundraiser for my parents for medical bills. I know everyone has their own finicial troubles when dealing with cancer but if you can help out that would be awesome! thank you http://www.giveforward.com/tedandpatgrossman

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    sarahgrossman asked a questionEsophagus (Esophageal) Cancer

    How to get one to eat more when they say they are never hungry?

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      wisgayle

      My husband had no appetite after the initial diagnosis and after his infusions. We discovered that you never ask a cancer patient if they're hungry. The answer is always 'no'. If we gave him a list: pudding cup, yogurt, jello, etc., he would find one that would appeal to him. We'd start off with two tablespoons of jello--not so much that it's overwhelming. After he kept that down, a couple of more. We just offered small quantities of the easy stuff all day for the first day and gradually built up from there. Mac and cheese, jello, pudding cups, ice cream--whatever he could keep down. Of course this may not work for everyone, but it sure made a difference here. Hope this helps

      about 4 years ago
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      crabtrjt

      I had the same problem and it was no appetite, I had tongue cancer and had a feeding tube in my stomach, so I had what seemed like thousand cans of Insure which I was even only doing 2 cans a day which was making me lose so much weight, My fiancee was going to work worring about this and made me promise to do the recommended 8 cans per day, which I did promise and did, I finally started stabilized the losing weight and began slowly gaining a couple of lbs, You will get through this tho, but you just feel like you will never get rid of the stomach tube, because you know you cannot take food by mouth, but the day does come where you can eat, I would go to the park and try a choc milk shake, and get a couple of sips of that and throw that up, sorry, but you got to keep trying and make yourself try all things, Good Luck tho Tim

      about 4 years ago
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      booboo

      I got through it with marijuana and Starbucks hot chocolate. He really needs calories so ask them to make it with half and half. Sometimes I could eat mashed potatoes and gravy. Avocados were good too, high in calories but good-for-you fat. Whatever he is able to eat, make it with the highest calorie ingredients possible. I don't like Ensure (the strawberry flavor is not too vile) but Carnation Instant Breakfast has the same nutrition value, is less expensive and tastes a whole lot better.

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

    Adjuvant chemo therapy does it work?

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      nancyjac

      Adjuvant therapy is any treatment in addition to the primary, main, or initial treatment and can be given before, after or concurrent with the primary treatment. So for a given patient, chemo, radiation, or surgery, or other targeted therapies can be either primary or adjuvant.

      Neoadjuvant treatments are given before the primary treatment for the purpose of improving the effectiveness of the primary treatment. In the case of cancer that usually means shrinking a tumor or preventing or limiting spread to other organs with chemotherapy. Those are the benefits. The risks are the side effects, which can be short term, long term, temporary, or permanent and depends on a whole range of variables such as the patients general health, type, stage, and aggressiveness of cancer, age, and many other lifestyle. You need to talk to your Dad's oncologist about the risks vs. benefits of additional chemotherapy prior to surgery, since each case is different.

      over 4 years ago
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      sarahgrossman

      Thanks for the info, but I was kind of asking more of people who have had chemo done after surgery and whether they feel it helped or didn't...we have already talked to his oncologist about it but I just wanted some responses from people who have had it done or have decided not to do it.

      over 4 years ago
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      nancyjac

      The answer is still the same whether it is before or after. It depends on the individual and whether the surgery is sufficient to remove all cancer cells. Chemo kills cancer cells when they are present whether it is before or after surgery. If there are any cancer cells left, they will continue to divide and multiple if not treated with chemo, radiation, or additional surgery and each of those treatments have there own benefits and risk that vary by individual regardless of the order they are done in.

      over 4 years ago
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    Well today was a little better of a day for my dad! (after starting out the morning with his j-tube being clogged I thought all would be lost) He ate almost 1000cal. and even smiled a few times and was a little more talkitive with the family! It's days like today that help me to have hope that things will get better!! :)

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