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    My husband was diagnosed at the end of May with esophageal cancer - not a smoker but spent a lot of out 20's and 30's in bars. 2nd hand smoke!!!! He's just finished his radiation and chemo. Radiation was worse - severe burns on his chest and back and so exhausted. Chemo left him with a very low white blood cell count, (he's bald so he didn't lose hair), nausea but help with a nausea medicine but no constipation, no appetite, chemo brain. After all this surgery is not an option. Maintenance chemo starts next Weds., every two weeks. His attitude is tremendous and I think that's what's keeping us going. Try to maintain that positive attitude - it will take you very far through this ordeal! My prayers and best wishes for full recovery are with you!

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    Decision Point (Told that surgery was not an option and that there was no cure! Shocked!): Having a chemo port put in tomorrow and will start maintenance chemo on 11/29/2012 - every 2 weeks for probably the rest of his life.

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    Side Effects (Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)): Weight loss, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, chemo brain
    Chemo duration was once per week for 5 weeks.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): The radiation burns were fairly severe but recommended cream Miaderm helped tremendously along with constantly keeping the burn moistened with Lubraderm cream and Bag Balm. Appointment with dermatologist coming up - check for skin cancers. Radiation treatment was 5 days/week for 5 weeks. Radiation group in Watertown, NY were tremendous!

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