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    WesMallory asked a questionEsophagus (Esophageal) Cancer

    How long does it take?

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      GregP_WN

      Is it possible that "those people" that are saying you "should" be feeling better and healed have never been through what you have been through? I see that quite often here. For me, I had a malignant tonsil, tonsil removed as well as a 3 inch margin, followed by a separate radical neck dissection surgery, 29 lymph nodes removed. I have scar tissue in my throat from surgery and the radiation made it worse. It's been 4.5 years and I still have trouble swallowing, lack of saliva made me lose my teeth, I choke on things often. So I can say it does take a while to get over some of the side effects, and some will never go away. Try to tackle them the best you can, and try to get out and do some things and understand that some things will not go away, you have to learn to adapt and overcome them and act like they don't bother you to get on with life. At least that's what I try to do, each to their own though. I wish you the best, let us know if we can help with anything.

      over 3 years ago
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      BoiseB

      What you should do is discuss this with your Dr. Everyone is different. But pain and fatigue may be an indication of something else.
      If you enjoy indoor activities for all means go for them. But do bring the outdoors in. Try to be in the brightest room in the house for most of the time. Open your blinds and let the sunlight in. Now that it is summer open a few windows for fresh air (does a lot to combat fatigue) Although I do enjoy being outside if you don't enjoy being out and about and if you are a solitary type person being outdoors or in group activities is not going to help you. Better to do something that makes you happy.
      Also, I can't say this enough talk to your Dr. about your pain !!!

      over 3 years ago
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      Wes- in my opinion family and friends do not understand because they might have been there beside you but it was you going thru everything. I myself stay indoors alot too- too hot for me and too many bugs. I had radiation for lung cancer but it (the radiation) traveled up my throat too. It was bad- I could not eat or even drink I had a feeding tube put in. Even after treatment done still couldn't eat/drink. My oncologist sent me for an endoscopy- It took 4 times while they slowly opened my throat before I could eat. Even now 9 months after my last endoscopy sometimes it feels like the food is stuck. I have always been thin and gaining weight for me is like other people trying to lose. I have gained 10 of it back. When I had radiation for my brain I was told fatigue could come and go for a long time and it does- at times I just want to sleep all day. Don't be surprised if you don't have new aches and pains- I know I do. This site is great because you can ask if anyone else is having the same stuff and find out yes we are. Stay positive and get better each day. And remember we may have new aches and pains but we are alive!!! Have a good one

      over 3 years ago
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    I finished 36 radiation treatments for the same kind of cancer and am now in remission. Feel free to email me if you have any questions and are wondering what to expect from someone who has been through this. Wish you the very best. By the way, we are almost neighbors. I live in Leominster, MA.

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    WesMallory asked a questionEsophagus (Esophageal) Cancer

    I was diagnosed one year ago with throat cancer, squamous cell carcenoma, stage 2. Started radiation treatment 6 weeks later. Since then I have lost over 70 pounds and still losing. (From 191 lbs to 120) I would appreciate any tips on how to stop the

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      My friend's dad had esophageal and had the same issue with food. As it is very common with what you're dealing with, asking your onc nurse could help. If it's a case of not tolerating certain foods I can tell you ice cream was my major food group during chemo. I was also able to tolerate apple sauce and bananas. A friend that had issues because of radiation told me mashed potatoes were her life line.
      For laughs...I wish my fat arse could experience some of that weight loss ;)

      about 4 years ago
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      Are you able to eat at all? Is your throat that painful? Have they mentioned a PEG tube? You should definitely speak to your doctor about a consult to a nutritionist or dietician regarding diet. Take in as many supplements as you can. I drink Scandi-shakes, which are 600 calorie shakes to help build you up, it's like Ensure. I hope you get the help you need, because you need all your strength and then some to fight this disease! Best of luck to you on your journey!

      about 4 years ago
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      I had tongue and neck cancer, and couldn't eat throughout treatment (and beyond). My oncologist suggested Scandi Shakes (available at Walgreen's and other drug stores). They pack 800 calories, are easy to get down and taste pretty good. Three of those a day and you'll stop the weight loss. I leveled off at a loss of 65 pounds.

      about 4 years ago