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by Metajohn69 on Sun Feb 20, 2005 12:00 AM

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I have been encouraging my neighbor (and good friend) to get on a message board to disucss his condition. The tumor has penetrated the esophagus and and spread to the lymph nodes. His concern is should he have the surgery first? or chemo and rad. treatments? He will come over later, it would be nice if could have some responses. His drs. are arguing among themselves, which does not help. Thank you.... metajohn

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by Kimberly on Wed Apr 13, 2005 12:00 AM

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My Mom had EC surgery in November of 2004. She opted to go surgery first then chemo and radiation rather than chemo, surgery then more chemo and radiation. Her and her surgeons reasoning was there was no data showing that chemo and radiation before surgery made outcome any better. Meanwhile, it takes a relatively healthy patient down both mentally and physically. She would still have to have chemo and radiation after surgery. Moms tumor had also penetrated and spread to the lymph system. Hope this helps and my prayers are with you and your friend. Kim

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by Jane_c_6 on Wed Apr 27, 2005 12:00 AM

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I had surgery for EC in August 2004. My surgeon at the University of Washington felt that chemo/radiation prior to surgery had some benefits toward survival, and that is what I had. He said that some studies indicated that the combo of those treatments were more helpful than either by themselves. He did not recommend that I have any further treatment following surgery. The surgery is so drastic that I am very glad that I am not going through chemo/radiation now, while my body is still adjusting to the surgery.I had chemo/radiation in May/June 2004, then recuperated in July, then surgery in August. The radiation shrunk the original tumor to almost nothing, and as far as I know, I had only one adjacent lymph node affected. Good luck to your friend.
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