Stage iv Esophageal Adenocarcinoma - Palliative Care Questions

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Stage iv Esophageal Adenocarcinoma - Palliative Care Questions

by Kimberlyann on Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:00 AM

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My father was recently diagnosed with esophageal adenocarcinoma -- spread to liver, bones and remote lymph nodes. I understand that this is not something he will survive but I don't have a good understanding of how long he has to live and I need to help him get his house in order. His physicians have told him that surgery would not be possible due to the size of the main esophegeal mass and that the cancer is too widespread to have radiation be of much use. 1) Should I be looking at days, weeks, months? 2) I would appreciate any ideas others may have about palliative treatment with chemo and other modalities. Thanks.

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by Buhla on Mon May 09, 2005 12:00 AM

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My husband is 55 with stage 4 squamous cells esophageal cancer. It went from stage 1 to stage 4 in 11 months. At stage 1 they removed his esophagus, so he has no swallowing problems. He has mets to liver, lung, lymph nodes and now a bone in his back which is causing him much back pain- it is pressing on a nerve. They are going to use radiation to shrink the tumor and provide pain relief. He is also on pain meds. For swallowing problems they can sometimes put in a stent - a plastic tube to allow swallowing. Radiation often shrinks the esophageal tumor to allow swallowing. Other than the radiation, stent and pain meds, I do not know of any other pallative treatment. They gave my husband 6-8 months.
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