He finally had an endoscopy in January which showed a 10 cm tumor, (about 4 inches; 2 inches in his lower esophagus and 2 inches in this upper stomach). He had another endoscopy with ultrasound (EUS), to find out how deep the tumor was. The Esophageal Cancer was Stage 2A (T3, N0, M0) which meant it had not spread to his lymph nodes or any other organs (it did not metastasize elsewhere, praise God!). His next step was chemo/radiation for six weeks, then an eight week break and then he would be scheduled for an esophagectomy (removal of the esophagus).
Chemo and radiation began in March and ended in April. His chemo went really well, he really only got sick coming down off the treatment. The daily radiation took a toll on him, as it “burned” the inside of his esophagus and continued to make eating difficult. He rested a lot and was really able to recuperate. After his eight week “vacation,” as he called it, he had his pre-op appointment on July 1st. He was cleared for surgery with kudos for being in really good health, especially for his weight.
So here we are, sitting in the waiting room while he’s under the knife. Thank you for watching the page for updates and more importantly praying!
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