Esophageal cancer tumour stage 3

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Esophageal cancer tumour stage 3

by Esirel87 on Mon Jan 21, 2019 09:11 PM

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Hi all

My dad has been diagnosed with stage three esophageal cancer, he has a tumour in the esophagus and he is having trouble keeping food down. He is due to start chemo and radiation soon. I've read some people claim that bicarbonate soda has helped them and some dr in Italy uses it to treat cancer. Has anyone used bicarbonate of soda? Does it open up the esophagus? He has lost a lot of weight due to not being able to keep food and liquids down. Please any advice to make eating more easy. Also any advice on essiac tea? 

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by cagy2 on Thu Jan 24, 2019 04:17 PM

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On Jan 21, 2019 9:11 PM Esirel87 wrote:

Hi all

My dad has been diagnosed with stage three esophageal cancer, he has a tumour in the esophagus and he is having trouble keeping food down. He is due to start chemo and radiation soon. I've read some people claim that bicarbonate soda has helped them and some dr in Italy uses it to treat cancer. Has anyone used bicarbonate of soda? Does it open up the esophagus? He has lost a lot of weight due to not being able to keep food and liquids down. Please any advice to make eating more easy. Also any advice on essiac tea? 

You've come to the right place.  The tumor is pressing into the esophagus so baking soda and all these hints can't hekp that.  He needs to start treatment NOW!  My radiation was done every day for 33 treatments.  The chemo if i had to do it again I would not take it.  It causes too many long term side effects , like loss of taste for the main one.  It raises your creatine level and damages your kidney.  This level remains elevated forever.  Mine ended up at 1.7 and subsided to 1.45.  I can not ever have dyes in tests. Protect your kidneys!!!  Don't wait for the tumor to break into the esophagus.  If you must have chemo do it weekly and watch your creatine level.  I don't think chemo is worth the little it does.  Some places dink around as if there's no hurry.  it's his life go for it.  Mine was tongue cancer in 2010,( cancer encapsulated in 2010 in kidney) esophageal in 2015 (same as his), Gal bladder in 2017.

I was treated in Charleston, S.C. and Madison, Wi.  I was lucky to have had the best Dr's.  You should see my phone book!  To open the throat it can be dialated.  I'm going in for my 14th shortly.  Quick immediate fix---15 minutes.  Any questions, I'm here,  John

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by Esirel87 on Thu Jan 24, 2019 05:02 PM

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Hi John, thank you for sharing your story. My dad is due to start his radiation (daily) and chemo (once a week) any day now.

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by Hermannbs on Thu Jan 24, 2019 05:56 PM

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Hi, I had Esophagus Cancer diagnosed in May of 2013.  I was worked up and had surgery at MD Anderson that July.  I read that your dad is only having radiation and chemo, is he not a surgical candidate or not just at this time?  I had surgery first followed by chemo and I am here 5.5 years later.  Are they trying to shrink the size of the Timor first?

There is a lot of non-sense out there is do not believe all you read.  If you are confident with your physicians to for it it not seem out experts in this type of cancer.  Do not wait.

In regard to chemo, everyone has different experiences and if I ever needed to do it again I would without hesitation.  There are side effects but most to away over time.  In my experience what does not to away is the neuropathy but it is manageable.

Best of luck to you all and rigoursly pursue treatment....

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by cagy2 on Thu Jan 24, 2019 06:08 PM

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I would think hard a long about having surgery, it would be only for lifesaving measures.  Everyone is different tho.

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by Hermannbs on Thu Jan 24, 2019 06:13 PM

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I have to disagree with the comment about surgery.  I will tell you it is difficult, requires a surgeon with a great deal of experience, and a prolonged recovery which may entail some post procedure dilitations.

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by cagy2 on Thu Jan 24, 2019 07:28 PM

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I say this because it is radical and maybe entirely unneccesary.  Many "DR'S" are not that skilled and you take your chances when being cut.  It seems like a fast fix and you still need radiation.  My wife had brain surgery and was about to be released from the hospital.  When I came to get her she was wrything in pain so I called her Dr. and she was readmitted into intensive care for 30 more days!  My dog was sent home from surgerey on his hip and was cold a ice and had to be returned to DR.  They are people, some good , some so so.  As far as dialations go, it's an ongoing procedure.

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by Hermannbs on Thu Jan 24, 2019 07:34 PM

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Gosh, I just do not agree.  It is not a radical procedure but you are correct you need to seek out a surgeon with fast experience in the technique.  It is not a fast fix and you do not always need radiation.  As mentioned I did not have radiation.

In regard to diltation I had three over the first two years and nothing over the last three and a half.I

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by cagy2 on Thu Jan 24, 2019 07:38 PM

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I forgot to mention when it comes to going thru this treatment that you may qualify for nutrition at little or no cost from many major companies.  I started out paying for it and then found this out.  You get a months supply at a time, in my case, Insure products  I received it for 7 months each time I had cancer, free.  Contact hospital nutrionist 

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by Fnixon on Thu Jan 24, 2019 07:39 PM

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I had chemo, radiation and surgery in 2014 for EC. I had no complications and live a happy normal life. I also live in Canada. My advice is that if you are fortunate enough to be offered surgery, go for it. My surgery was done at a center that specializes in the procedure. I had an incision in my neck and one in my abdomen, but not through the rib cage.

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