Initial Symptoms

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Initial Symptoms

by Cindyb on Sun Apr 03, 2005 12:00 AM

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What were the initial symptoms of you/or your family members? My husband is ill, 51 years old, and will not see a doctor. A few months ago he had trouble swallowing while eating, started hiccuping that did not stop for several hours. He could not even swallow water, finally went to the ER and after a few hours they seemed to calm things down when eventually he could swallow liquids. The doctor wanted to admit him because the doctor was worried about EC but my husband refused, insisting he was ok. So the doctor prescribed him Prevacid and told him to make an appointment with a gastro doctor which my husband did not go to. In the meantime, he has lost weight, clothes are starting to hang on him. Coughs quite a bit, (I can hear him in the bathroom having bouts of coughing) insisting he has a cold. Has occasionally complained of heartburn. Other than trying to get him to a doctor, any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and best of luck to all of you.

Initial Symptoms

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

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The symptom which I first mentioned to my doctor was that when I swallowed large pills (vitamin, calcium), it felt like they were not staying down. Fortunately, she suggested an endoscopic exam, where the cancer was discovered. I had had indigestion for years, and had been a smoker/drinker for years, all of which have been said to maybe play a role in causing esophageal cancer. Unfortunately, indigestion is considered so commonplace that people don't even think about trying to find out if there is something else going on, we just take more antiacids !! Peace of mind is worth a whole lot, and I would hope that your husband would see a doctor to rule out any serious problems. He may just have something totally unrelated to this disease. On the other hand,unfortunately, people do not get diagnosed early with esophageal cancer which results in a very poor survival rate. As with any cancer, the earlier it is detected, the better chance for survival. I wish I could offer suggestions on how to get him to a doctor, but fear does that to people. Good Luck to you both !!

Initial Symptoms For ec

by Zippy on Tue May 31, 2005 12:00 AM

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Dear Cindyb, My father has just completed his third post operative chemotherapy session foe EC. His operation was in Feb. at the Wellman cancer center in Pittsburgh, Pa. where he lives. In January he had a hard time swallowing, progressively ate less and less solid foods, coughed a lot, lost 35 lbs. and complained of heartburn, too. I cannot believe your doctor let your husband leave his offuce with an anti-acid perscription! My dad is 73. Had his III stage tumour removed successfully in Feb. Now he is on his last chemo treatment. He golfed in a tournament on May 14th. He is recovering. There is hope. This is what I learned as I watched him fight to live. What was most important in his treatment was the timing. Time is of the essence with EC. I pray that your husband gets thoroughly checked out ASAP. Honey, just lay it on the line to him. If you can't find an MD who can give him some tuff love, because denial with EC is the fastest way to end one's life and acceptance of the problem with action IS the only hope for life.
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