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  • akb1972 has replied to a post on the message board

    Thanks, Chris.  We finished more chemo and radiation during March-April, but it showed only a partial response which is why I'm looking into other options for the residual tumor, which is sitting up in the cervical esophagus.  I've since learned that cryotherapy is not an option given its location around vital structures such as the carotid artery, trachea, and larynx.  I appreciate your response. ...

    June 25 at 10:41 AM view post
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      any experiences with cryotherapy for neck cancer that's spread to regional lymph nodes ?

      May 03 at 9:59 PM view discussion
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        Any experiences with crytherapy to treat recurrent EC (adeno) with lymph node mets (i.e. no mets to any other organs) ? 

        May 03 at 9:54 AM view discussion
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          Your completely normal January PET provides comfort that your palpably enlarged nodes are likely related/reactive to your recent sinus infection.  If you're worried, and they're still enlarged in a few months' time, I supposed you could ask that they be biopsied.   

          March 28 at 2:43 AM view post
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            Thank you for taking the time to share. Your response to Folfox is incredibly encouraging. Is this a drug that’s safe to be on for longer term NED maintenance ? My husband’s recurrence is in a different area beyond thecesophageal wall much higher up (than original GEJ), so the team is talking chemo and re-radiation, since it’s outside the field originally radiated. We don’t yet know which chemo drug(s) the te...

            February 27 at 7:34 PM view post
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              We just got the devasting news of a recurrence in regional lymph nodes (thankfully, all organs are clear) - my 47 yr old hubby and father of 3 children between 9 and 21 years of age.   This has occured nearly 4 years following seemingly successful treatment (neoadjuvent chemo + radiation + esophagectomy) for (initially diagnosed) locally advanced T3N0 EC with clean surgical margins and negative nodes. ...

              February 10 at 11:41 AM view discussion
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                Just underwent endoscopic dilation 2 days ago for a stricture that's developed (first need for dilation since the esophagectomy 3.5 years ago).   Swallowing had become painful and eating solids more difficult in recent weeks.  Anyway, the stricture was dilated 2 days ago, but don't yet feel any relief in the top of the throat area.  How long does it take following an esophageal dilation to get rel...

                January 27 at 4:58 PM view discussion
                • akb1972 has replied to a post on the message board

                  Others on this site have recommended the Medcline Reflux Relief Pillow;  however, an adjustable bedframe may be your best investment.  My husband couldn't sleep with those wedges .. 

                  December 19 at 2:43 AM view post
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                    oatmeal/hot cereals, cream-based soups (ie cream of broccoli, etc), shakes containing peanut butter (highly caloric) and protein powder, eggs and cheese, high protein liquid drinks, etc.  Insist on immediate CT scan.  The doctors should have acquired a lot of information regarding the extent of the tumor's localized invasion from the endoscopy.   The CT scan will tell them if it has yet spread to ...

                    December 03 at 12:42 PM view post
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                      Consider seeing a GI doctor who can do an upper endosocpy to rule out EC, if he has any concerns. 

                      November 05 at 1:24 AM view post
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