Cancer of the esophagus - any experienes?
Probably a strange place to ask but I'm really stressed and CC parents have such broad knowledge.
My husband was just diagnosed. The CT scan shows that it has not progressed outside the esophagus wall which is good news I guess, and they see no sign that it has metastasized. The doc who found it says the probable treatment is chemo and radiation. We see an oncologist next week. From researching on the internet (did it hoping for reassurance but got the opposite), it seems that generally the prognosis for this type of cancer is poor. But it is apparently rarely found early as symptoms don't show up till it is advanced (his was found because they were checking for something else), and this is early (don't know staging yet), so I am hoping that will make it more hopeful.
Also I read that in early stages surgery is often the first step. This does not seem to be where they are leaning for my husband. He has poor health (among other things, heart and lung damage from blood clots 7 years ago - sleeps with oxygen and is on coumadin), so i am wondering if that is why.
I was so shocked when I heard the news, that I couldn't even ask any questions. Hoping to be more prepared when we meet with the oncologist this week, but my head is just in a fog. Any input about what to ask would be much appreciated.
And just to add to the week, our old cat died yesterday (of cancer).