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During the 2nd week of January, my husband decided he couldn't eat or drink, except for taking his pills. This went on for 2 weeks. He was so weak, he'd hold on to the walls to go down the hallway, all the while refusing to go to the hospital or even his doctor.  He insisted on keeping his chemo appointment. I called the nurse ahead of time and let them know what was going on and asked for them to have a wheelchair ready.  His doctor was amazed at his condition after seeing him 16 days prior.  He was immediately put in the hospital and died on February 2.  I feel this didn't need to happen, he didn't have to die.  The certificate shows "sepsis and the secondary cause, cancer."  My poor husband. I'm sorry I know I should be giving you folks hope, but I just can't yet.  I'm just not ready.

My husband was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer, Stage IV with metz to the liver and lymph nodes. Has been on chemo for a little more than 6 months.  The blood work pretty good and the ct scans show that the tumors have radically shrunk in the liver.  Now he's having serious back pain that keeps him up most nights. While he was in the chemo chair and the pain again took over, I spoke to the Chemo nurse and his doctor's nurse, they saw the pain in his face and added Dilauded (sp) to his drip and that took away the pain. He also got a prescription for Hydromorphone, which we had filled.  This doesn't seem to work.  The pain was so bad, his oncologist had another, more intricate ct scan done the same day.  The results are, the tumors are still shrinking, but not the lymphnodes in his abdomen are growing(they're still small, but growing. This could be the reason for all the back pain.  We have another meeting scheduled for later this week to discuss the findings.  Any idea on what's going on, has the cancer spread?  I will ask these questions at the next appointment, but if you could give me some advice or ideas as to what we're looking at, it would be greatly appreciated.

Shags, Modesta and Sandy, I'm so sorry.  We're at the beginning of this horrible journey. My husband was diagnosed 7 months ago with Esophageal Stage IV cancer with mets to the liver and lymph nodes. We were told his only option is  chemo to reduce the tumors and make him comfortable and lead as normal life as possible  but lately that's not what's happening.  Although his bloodwork looks good, the ct scans all show tumors are really shrinking, he feels awful. He's often in pain/discomfort and there's nothing I can do. In July he was given 13 to 21 months.  He has pain in the lower back, lower abdomen, often feels nauseous, now he's vomiting bile.  Is this the typical progression of chemo, and will I be in your shoes in another year or so?  Are there signs I need to watch for?  Any help with your expertise would be wonderful.

I've recently been diagnosed. Can anyone help me read my blood work results?  My Alkaline phosphatase measurement is 600 U/L and my Aspartate aminotransferase measurement (AST/SGOT) is 152 U/L.  Any help will be appreciated.

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Esophageal Cancer, Liver Cancer

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