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    Yes MT ~ all his friends here concerned about the situation ~ only hope you get an answer soon

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    He is home!!!!
    He can tell you about his adventures in the morning.

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    that's wonderful news!


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    Quote Originally Posted by muchtrouble10 View Post
    He is home!!!!
    He can tell you about his adventures in the morning.

    How are you feeling? lol

    Update......oh yes I forgot....smileys are not working.....*sigh* but that was suppose a happy smiley face. lol

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    Great news indeed dear MT ~ now to wait to hear from him......

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    Sorry to have kept you all in the dark. As MT said, I went for an endoscopy arranged by my GP on Sunday November 29th. That showed my oesophagus was blocked, so they immediately admitted me for further investigation. When they weighed me, I had lost 9 kg (21 pounds) in 7 weeks since I was weighed during my vascular surgery. They put me on nil by mouth, and drips for 24 hours; mainly saline solution but one bag of glucose solution.

    When I saw a consultant on Monday he agreed that since I could drink, that would be preferable, hopefully to include nutrient drinks, and would get a nutritionist to see me. He confirmed that a CT-scan had been requested the previous day. Until that was received, showing what was causing the blockage, he couldn't propose any treatment. The nutritionist calculated that I needed six bottles of the supplement for normal intake of vitamins and minerals, but that I should slowly build up to that number (it was Saturday before I finally had six in one day).

    It was Friday afternoon before I had the CT-scan, and the consultant was off on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday (7 December) he told me that he still didn't have the results of the biopsies from the previous week, but the scan showed a growth, probably cancerous, at the base of the oesophagus. He suggested one possible treatment would be a stent to hold it open, but I would be discussed at a multi-disciplinary team meeting on Wednesday, when a treatment plan would be produced. On Tuesday the nutritionist agreed with me that to put weight back on I should be drinking 8 bottles of the supplement per day, so on Tuesday and Wednesday I actually got 7 - I am NOT impressed by the nurses on that ward! I had multiple arguments with them that every time showed me to be right when they checked the medical file.

    On Wednesday the pathologists said that the biopsies were inconclusive, though possibly cancerous. The oncologists decided that the doubt was small, so they would proceed on an assumption of cancer. They requested a further endoscopy to get more samples, to be conducted by the senior man on Monday 14 December. They also requested a PET-scan to look for cancer in other parts of the body, to be conducted on or before 18 December. They currently plan to commence chemotherapy on 23 December, but that is subject to revision according to further results. If the chemotherapy proceeds as hoped, they may request surgery in February to remove the bottom end of the oesophagus.

    I was discharged late yesterday, since all future procedures would normally be performed as an outpatient. That is the position at the moment. Still lots of unknowns, but chemotherapy seems inevitable. I won't be eating turkey this Christmas!


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    and prayers too!


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    Geoff ~ I'm so very sorry to hear your news ~ and can only pray that in time it will be healed ~ I know that to the outside world, things like this at Christmas, always seem worse ~ but ~ hell, it doesn't matter when in the year this happens to you, it's a nightmare of different thoughts, the slightest different feeling [especially during the night] can make you feel dreadful ~ but I can assure you, that my most sincere thoughts and prayers are with you my friend.

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    My prayers are with you Geoff.

    My dad was diagnosed with cancer less than a month ago too, in his colon, and they feared that may have spread, but PET scan showed no migration and he had a 6 hour operation yesterday to remove the cancerous tissue.
    Usquequaque in fimus; tantum altitudinem varius.

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    I hope your dad's operation managed to remove it all, Bamber.

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    ditto!!!


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    Jeff, so sorry to hear of your situation, wish all the best!

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    Thank you for sharing your story with us Geoff.... sending positive vibes and well wishes your way.. Hoping everything comes out great!


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    I hope all went well.


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    Geoff ~ I too dearly hope that all went OK for you ~ let us know please when you can.

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    In some ways it did ...

    When I drove to the endoscopy on Monday for 9 am, I discovered they wanted someone to take me home after, because they were going to give me a full anaesthetic for the biopsies. No-one had mentioned that in advance. My daughter agreed to leave work early to collect me. The surgeon told me afterwards that he was very happy with the 20 samples he took. My daughter arrived at 5, but as we walked out through the hospital I developed serious leg pain. I checked the artery - a strong pulse. My daughter said that since we were then next to A & E (Accident and Emergency) I should get it checked.

    I was reluctant, but because it seemed to be very quiet, I agreed. We left there at a quarter past midnight, with a diagnosis of sciatica - take painkillers and rest! The pain was even worse next day, so I didn't take two buses to fetch my car. My daughter was kind enough to give me a ride over there in the evening.

    On Wednesday evening, I finally got a phone call to say that there was a slot for the PET scan at 9:30 on Friday morning, which I accepted. He then couldn't book me in on his computer! He promised me to keep trying, and send me an email confirmation when he had done that, with details of where to find it.

    Thursday morning the email hadn't arrived, so I sent an email to my liaison person at the hospital. Thursday afternnon while I was out I got a call to say that my appointment had finally been booked, and the email sent. It was a very full day for them, so would I please arrive early.

    Although his email still hadn't arrived Friday, I did know where to go (three-quarters of a mile from the main car park), and arrived at 9:05. They told me they were running a little late. Two hours later at 11:05 they called me in. I then had to sit for a further hour for the radioactive sugar to spread through my system, except that I waited 1 hour 20 minutes. All the sitting time waiting wasn't two bad for sciatic pain, but the twenty minutes keeping still on the scanner was agony - I just about managed it.

    The muti-discipline meeting next Wednesday morning should now have all the information they need to draw up their plan, and I have an appointment with an oncologist at 3 pm that afternoon to be told about it. My daughter is going to come with me - she might think of questions which don't occur to me. I will try to give you all another update on Wednesday evening.

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    Probably a good thing to have your daughter with you for those questions. I've always visited specialists on my own and often couldn't think of anything to ask until well after the consultation.
    Usquequaque in fimus; tantum altitudinem varius.

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    Yes Geoff ~ really good to have your daughter with you ~ it's amazing how things just fly out of your head, when someone is explaining things about 'you' ~ whereas if you were listening to it about someone else ~ you would be thinking about questions to ask, or things that hadn't been answered.

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    The news is worse than I thought.

    The biopsies confirmed that the cancer type is the one they suspected. The PET scan showed that the cancer has spread, and whilst it doesn't at the moment affect any of the major organs, there is no way that surgery would be able to remove it. They won't now attempt any surgery at all.

    Because of that, they are going to dilate my oesophagus with a stent, and follow that procedure with chemotherapy, initially for three months. Every 21 days I will have an IV drip of oxaliplatin followed by a 14 day course of capecitabine tablets then 7 days rest.

    The bottom line is they can't cure it, all they can do is manage it. My life expectancy is now 12 months.

    Obviously there is a lot of uncertainty about everything - different people react differently to chemotherapy - but one good bit of news is that my beard is unlikely to drop out!

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