Patient Comments: Esophageal Cancer - Symptoms and Signs

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Comment from: Myankee, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I am a 66 year old male cured of esophageal cancer since 9/21/2011. However, although eating a comfortable volume of food is always a problem but the last 6 weeks I've lost 20 lb. and my appetite is now zero. I've eaten only oatmeal last 2 days and have an uncomfortable feeling in my sternum and I can't swallow more than 2 ounces. I sent my gastroenterologist a note in New York, but I'm in Florida till May and I'm scared.

Comment from: Joe E., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

My esophageal cancer was found while the doctors were looking for other things. I had no symptoms specifically related to esophageal cancer.

Comment from: cuffie, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: July 17

Two years ago my husband was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus and had chemotherapy and radiation. Since than he has had an endoscopy every 6 months and they have all been good. He began feeling very tired, got a cough and had swelling in his stomach, testicles and legs, so he had a CT and PET scan. Now he has esophageal cancer, along with liver and adrenal gland cancer and was told he has no more than a year. He started chemotherapy last week. I wonder if anyone else has had problems with retaining fluids.

Comment from: Bus driver , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I went to the general physician with hiccups and difficulty swallowing some foods. I had no pain but I have been treated for heart burn for the past two years and now have a diagnosis of esophageal cancer and am told it has metastasized to my liver and nodes in my abdomen. I was working part time as a bus driver at age 69 two days before diagnosis.

Comment from: Joy, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 27

My husband had lost some weight last fall (2016) but he had wanted to lose about 10 pounds. He was healthy otherwise and exercised and ate a healthy diet. No smoking, no excessive alcohol (wine with dinner or social occasions), not obese, no acid reflux. Thanksgiving and Christmas he ate normally but after Christmas he had lost some more weight. Sunday during President's Day weekend (February) 2017 we were having brunch and he had trouble swallowing. He went to the emergency room at the local hospital and they sent him by ambulance to the regional hospital. Diagnosis was Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer. We went to a cancer center hospital for a CT and PET scan. It was stage 4 and lymph nodes were affected. He had surgery to insert a J-tube for feeding. He started chemotherapy at the beginning of April. After the first treatment swallowing was better. Second treatment two weeks later, he could drink normally and not sip it. After the 3rd treatment white blood cell count was low and he had two injections. Two days later he was faint and could not walk very far when we went for our usual walk. The next week May 11 he had chemotherapy again but had to have a blood transfusion of platelets. He did not recover from the fatigue of the chemotherapy. May 17 during the night, bleeding occurred in the esophagus and blood was being digested and passed into the feces. He was sent to the regional hospital and given radiation treatments. May 24 the bleeding started again and an endoscopy was done to tie off the bleeding vein. May 27 he left ICU, bleeding stopped, oncologist was still pleased with progress. May 28 bleeding started again and could not be stopped. He passed away within a few hours. He did not even know he had Barrett's esophagus. The only issue that was a problem was foods with high fructose corn syrup. If he ate those then it caused some bloating and gas. So he avoided those foods and we checked nutrient labels avidly. There was such as increase of high fructose corn syrup in foods. Several oncologists said there was no link to that and Barrett's esophagus or the cancer. The cardiologist stated that chemotherapy can weaken the veins. How do you know you have cancer when the symptoms show up at a later stage! The oncologist thought the red blood count (low) was due to chemotherapy but there was a leaking vein in the esophagus around the tumor. According to the oncologist, bleeding veins is a complication of this type of cancer.

Comment from: peachesnana, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 26

My mom will be 74 on 12/31. For the past six months, she has had severe pain when swallowing tiny bites of overly chewed foods and liquids. The pain is not in her throat, rather immediately after swallowing. She has lost 24 pounds since January 2018, and most of that in the last six months. In fact, in just the last three days she went from 96.3 pounds to 92.6 pounds this morning. She is scheduled for a barium swallow scan as well as other scans, x-rays and tests. I am worried about esophageal cancer.

Comment from: Daphne May, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I am a 56 year old female. About 2 years before I was diagnosed with esophageal carcinoma I noticed my hair was thinning fast. I also noticed an ache type pain in my chest that would go through to my back. At that time I thought it was anxiety. The following year I felt angry & depressed, not my usual self! Then September 2014 I started to have trouble swallowing food, especially bread! It was painful and got worse by Christmas. I was diagnosed with esophageal carcinoma on 16/1/15. They thought it was stage 1-2. I started chemotherapy and radiation for 6 weeks. Then I had a 3 stage esophagectomy and found out the cancer was stage 3 B. I have just finished 3 months of chemotherapy &and am due for a CT scan in a few weeks, fingers crossed! To anyone else who is going down the same path, you are not alone, there are others of us going through the same thing. Never give up hope, be brave and do your homework, find the best doctors!

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Comment from: Texmar63, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 06

My sister who is 68 was diagnosed last April with esophageal cancer. Her symptoms started as shortness of breath and feeling like something was stuck in her throat. She was always a smoker but after having bypass surgery about 6 years ago, she tried to quit and then was using the e-cigarettes when she was diagnosed. She started chemotherapy last May and continued till about November. She couldn't do radiation because the doctor said it would affect the bypass grafts. She became so sick from chemotherapy that he decided to stop it right after Thanksgiving. She is still very weak and was admitted to hospital this last weekend because of fluid in her lungs causing one lung to nearly collapse. She now has to have oxygen to help her breathe. This is a horrible disease and just keep hoping for a miracle to cure her.

Comment from: dualdisk, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 06

I was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer in June of 2008, had surgery in July, then radiation and chemotherapy. It's now January of 2014 and I was discharged from my oncologist in November of 2013. I was told by my oncologist I had a 15% survival rate the first year. So for everyone who has this horrible disease there is hope. Cancer research has come a long way. Just another thought, a friend of mine was diagnosed with the same cancer and 2 years later the cancer returned. He started chemotherapy again and was told he only had 6 months to live, well it's been a year and he is still with us. So the doctors don't always know what they are talking about.

Comment from: Holli, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 08

My husband had a terrible history of heartburn and acid reflux. He self medicated with over-the-counter pills and liquids for a number of years. He noticed he started losing weight and was pleased, as he was a little overweight. The weight came off slowly at first, but then he was unable to swallow and felt like food was getting stuck and he needed to belch. After waiting a month to see the family doctor, then another month for GI doctor, he had the esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and biopsy. It turns out those were symptoms of esophageal cancer. He did traditional chemotherapy/radiation and it spread to his spine. He is now in clinical trials after his oncologist provided a 6-month to two-year survival rate. He is 45 years old and otherwise healthy. We are hopeful now, which is more than we had last year. My strong advice to anyone is this: get a second opinion and push for the resection if it is possible.

Comment from: Terry L., 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 06

I was diagnosed 11/10 with stage 0 esophageal cancer. I had food stick in my chest one time. Called doctor he set me up to have a scope done. When he seen it he thought it was just a little inflamed but biopsied it a it was cancer. He got me set up with a surgeon. Had surgery 01/27/2011. Could not eat for 4 months after because of nausea all the time. Got over that have done good for 2 and a half years doing CT scans every 3 months then six months but I had nodules on a lymph node for that period of time the surgeon was watching now it got a little bigger had it biopsied it was esophageal cancer. Now I am going to start chemo and radiation next week. I find out tomorrow about my pet scan I had done Friday to see if it has spread anywhere else. If not he said he can treat to cure, if not it will be just treatments. Praying for the cure have a 16 year old daughter that depends on me and a wife of 27 years.

Comment from: lin, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 19

My husband aged 54 was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December and passed away in March. When diagnosed he had a pain in his left side when he was lying down at night and nothing else. Then lymph nodes in his neck became enlarged. An endoscopy and scan showed the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes in his neck and in his chest. Chemo started immediately, a 21 day cycle, from 8.30 to 4.30 on day one and then a course of tablets, 12 in all, to take for the 21 days. After 3 courses a scan showed that although the chemo was shrinking the tumor the cancer itself was causing blood clots and one had gone to his lung. He then started injecting himself in the stomach every evening, which was a 6 month course, then just before his 4th cycle of chemo he developed another blood clot in his liver. The doctors just couldn't get on top of the clots and eventually one went to his heart and killed him suddenly. We were not aware that blood clots can be caused by cancer or chemo.

Comment from: Brian, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 24

I am just 50 years old and have had stage 4B lymphoma cancer for 6 years. I now have 11 tumors in my throat and I was told I was not a candidate for surgery because it was attached to my carotid artery. Therefore I was advised not to do radiation or chemotherapy for my esophageal cancer. I now have thrush which is from the original cancer. It is a fungus growth in my mouth and throat. I don't wish this on anyone. I've lost 60 lb. in less than 5 weeks.

Comment from: Jackie, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: January 03

My dad had difficulty swallowing. He had Barrett's esophagus. I took him for an endoscopy, the doctor was really negligent and didn't find anything wrong. Finally, it got really bad where he was throwing up saliva. I took him to a new doctor and long story short, ended up at the Cancer Center. His oncologist found he had stage 3 advanced esophageal carcinoma, and he had proton therapy, some chemotherapy, and radiation. He is cancer free now, going on 2 years. No need for surgery as the tumor is gone and he has had dilations of esophagus by another wonderful doctor who said his esophagus looks great. Now my dad and I and my brother are in Florida enjoying the holidays. Don't ignore your symptoms, and keep digging for answers as, if something feels wrong it is wrong. My dad just turned 87!

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Comment from: Shammi08, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I have been having problems with acid reflux, GERD and heart burn for a number of years. It went away for a long while and now is back. I went to the doctor back in January 2016 and found out I had a stomach bacterial infection. I got that treated and for a few days after treatment I felt better. A few weeks after I begin to have problems with certain foods that I eat getting stuck in my chest area and a cough after I eat. Then I started to vomit and noticed blood. Now I have a sore throat. I know a lot of people with esophageal cancer have said they lost weight but actually I've gained 20 pounds in the last 6 months since I was diagnosed with the stomach bacterial infection. I will be getting a colonoscopy and an upper gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy on June 15th, 2016. I will update you what the doctors find or not find.

Comment from: Jeff T., 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I am 68 and 9 months ago I had an esophagectomy. I had been on vacation and had difficulty swallowing. I went to the emergency room when I got home and got scoped. They found the stage 3 tumor at the base of my esophagus. I had chemotherapy for 4 weeks, and radiation every day for 28 days, and 6 weeks later I had a 10 1/2 hour surgery to remove 6 inches of my esophagus and 20 percent of my stomach. The operation was done laparoscopically and though I was in the hospital 10 days, I was walking 24 hours later and off all pain medicines in a week. Surgery was 9/12/15 and I was back to work and to the golf course 11/1/15 and back to the gym 11/15/15. It is now 10 months since my surgery and I feel great. I did lose 20 pounds but now my weight is stable and I can eat anything. Have hope and make sure you go to wherever the best surgeon is!

Comment from: Ross, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 08

My dad was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2010/2011. He lost a lot of weight and when he would eat he would throw up immediately and he had lost over 70 lb. He was an architect and a good I tell u. He had chemotherapy and radiation, then surgery but while he was in the hospital he started to limp. After recovering from surgery he was diagnosed; we found out that it had started in his right ankle which is less than 1 percent. The cancer blew his heel out. He went through radiation but no help. Also chemotherapy did not help. He got sicker and worse. The cancer came out on the cancer. He was in bed for months in 2014. He thought he could walk but he would fall all the time. He fell three times in a week and a half. He was on so much medicine which caused a lot of mental problems. He was in so much pain. He had fallen 3 times within a week and a half. Mom put him in the hospital after the third time. He was diagnosed with an infection in his blood. When released mom had to put him in a nursing home. To make this short I lost my dad in death last here on August 25, 2014.

Comment from: kimg, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I am 52 years old. I have had indigestion and acid reflux all of my life. Last year they told me I was severely red and had severe acid reflux. I am extremely hoarse, my left upper side hurts I can barely eat now as food is getting stuck. My belly is swollen at the top. One thing weird is I sweat horribly when I eat anything. I get the endoscope on this Thursday, and trust me I had to do a lot of screaming to get it. I am nervous about esophageal cancer because something is wrong. I will keep in touch.

Comment from: Comfort, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: November 13

My mother is 81 years old and has to go for a biopsy in two days from now. She has been coughing for a couple of days now and has difficulty in eating. She only eats liquids, she does not have appetite. The doctor has seen a small sore in her throat. I am wondering if these are signs of esophageal cancer.

Comment from: nobska98, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I had a biopsy a few days ago, I went to the emergency room (ER) with severe chest pain thinking I was having a heart attack. They did an endoscopy based on my symptoms and found two ulcers in the upper portion of my esophagus and that the opening to my stomach was inflamed. Over the last two months I have had severe fatigue and have gained 35 lb. all in the upper abdomen and have lots of pressure in my abdomen. I'm very nervous.

Comment from: nise65, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 07

My husband told me he couldn't swallow, this was in March 2014. I took him to the gastroenterologist, they scoped him and found a mass. Biopsy showed esophageal cancer, the tumor was covering 53% of his throat. In a week they started him on radiation every day for six weeks, and chemotherapy every Tuesday. It infiltrated the walls of the esophagus, his is down near his stomach. On July 23rd, 2014 they are going to remove his esophagus. They are going to build him a new one out of his stomach. I've never been so terrified.

Comment from: ecancer, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 23

With esophageal cancer I first couldn't swallow, like my chest was going to explode. I couldn't keep food down without throwing up and gasping for air.

Comment from: GKA, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 20

I went to the general physician suffering severe acid reflux, in September 2011. He referred me to a cancer center in Melbourne, and cancer was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. I had the chemotherapy, radition and underwent the Ivor Lewis gastrectomy operation. I still get very fatigued and can only work part time, but I mustn"t grumble; it's far better than looking up at the lid.

Comment from: Les, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in April 2013. I have been undergoing chemotherapy since early May. The only symptoms I had were that I had an overall feeling of tiredness for about two weeks before my wife and children made me go to the emergency room. I expected something to do with my type 2 diabetes and was shocked when the doctors told me about the cancer. I am doing well and have never felt better. The chemotherapy has not affected me at all - for which I am very thankful. I have another CT scan next Monday and am hoping for more good news!

Comment from: Sue B, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 20

My husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer on Sept. 1, 2005. He'd been having increasing trouble swallowing and has started losing weight. He went to see the doctor who sent him to a specialist to do a scope. As soon as he had the diagnosis, he was referred to a surgeon. The surgery was Sept. 29, 2005, and they removed the tumor and part of the esophagus. That December, he started chemo and radiation treatments. He had radiation for four weeks straight and four week-long rounds of chemo (first week of radiation, last week of radiation, one month later and one month after that). His pic line was removed on the final day of chemo (April 14, 2006). He goes for CT scans every six months now (in the first year it was every three months), and sees all three of his fabulous doctors to discuss the results. Three years later, he is still cancer-free, and we are more hopeful each time that the next time will also be clear. Not to scare anyone, but based on our research of this disease and our discussions with the doctors, we believe that with surgery alone, he wouldn't have survived the first year. He just turned 50 in January (2009), and we're now making long-term plans again. He's frequently tired, can't eat much at one time, and often suffers acid reflux at night. This is our "new normal," and we are happy to live with it because we still have each other and our family and are otherwise healthy. One strange side effect of all his treatments is that his immune system seems to be stronger than before. He used to catch every cold and flu bug the kids brought home; now he's seldom sick, and it's less severe when he is sick. These are small blessings for sure but blessings just the same.

Comment from: abcd123, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 03

My dad had been complaining of chest pain for quite some time. He soon began to complain about pain in his leg. He finally went to the doctor in June, and we found out that he has esophageal cancer. The cancer had already spread to his leg. My dad continued to fight. He went to all his doctor appointments, and things seemed to be going OK. Then in September, they told him there was nothing left they could do. He died a week later. My dad was only 56. He left behind his wife of 20 years and four children. I hate cancer.

Comment from: Lisa, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 20

My dad had heartburn all of his adult life. One day, he didn't have it all of a sudden, but later he had a pinching in his right side near his liver. He went to a doctor who had him tested, and he had a tumor at the base of his esophagus. He was referred to an oncologist who, after further testing, determined it had spread to his liver, spine and brain. Dad was treated with radiation and chemo, but sadly passed away six months after the diagnosis. My advice to everyone: Get an upper and lower GI test performed. My dad never did, and it probably would have saved his life.

Comment from: Jeff , 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 17

My Mom died 2 weeks ago from esophageal cancer; she had been diagnosed 1yr ago. She was 75yrs old. When she had trouble breathing the doctor said she had pneumonia in the left lung. She then went back to the Cancer Hospital for a barium x-ray, what nobody saw was the tumor had tripled in size in only 4 months, and it opened up her left lung. When the barium test was done, she drowned in the barium, 48 hours later she had passed away. Please if anybody has this double and triple check that all doctors are on the same page. This procedure I feel rather shortened her life by 3-6 months. They (the doctors) won't talk about what happened they just want back the x-rays I have in possession.

Comment from: filthyrich, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 20

My dad noticed a weakness and lack of energy feeling that persisted for two months. He took sick leave at work. He suffered from acid reflux a lot and worked in an environment for 30 years where he inhaled alcohol solvents and poison. He continued to lose weight. He lost his appetite and had no energy and vomited after meals. Tests showed Esophagus cancer. It progressed rapidly and two months after diagnosis, he was dead. RIP Buck.

Comment from: froggietoyou, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 25

My husband was diagnosed Dec. 24, 2008 with esophageal cancer. After a lung biopsy, he also has squamous cell lung cancer. A PET scan also showed cancer in a lymph node in the middle of his chest area. He started chemo and radiation therapy in February of 2009. After the second round of chemo and 24 days of radiation, he has gotten so sick. He can't eat, and he can barely drink. He was in the hospital for severe dehydration, nausea, and pain with swallowing. After a few days, they sent him home for me to take care of. The doctors seem to think it's side effects of the treatments, which they have discontinued indefinitely. I agree with that but, I also think the cancer is getting worse.

Comment from: Janmitra, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 20

I started experiencing pain in the middle of my chest and at the backside of my body in October of 2007. In March of 2008, it was detected that I have esophageal cancer. This was detected in an endoscopy. Well, so far I am OK after chemotherapy and radiation therapy. I haven't needed an operation.

Comment from: fmoreno68, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I started to feel a heartburn type of sensation right after swallowing food. It wasn't painful and it went away within a few minutes. It started about 4 weeks before I saw the doctor. He ordered the endoscopy right away and discovered the tumor at the junction of the stomach and the esophagus. Biopsy indicated the presence of "squamos cells".

Comment from: dolphinluvr2405, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 08

My father and mother both had esophageal cancer. My father has passed, and my mother is getting ready to. The symptoms were very different for each one. My dad's symptoms started as heartburn, and my mom's got to where she could not eat. Both had chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to remove the esophagus, none of it did any good. My dad lived three and a half years; supposedly they found it early. They found Mom's at stage 4, one and a half years ago.

Comment from: healinrain, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 17

My Mother recently was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. She had Her Gaul bladder taken out a week ago due to Gaul stones. She is a 72 year old who has been in general good health. Her BP is a little high. The oncologist suggested she have surgery. Her pet scan is scheduled for the 17th of this month. I will let you know how it goes. She is getting a second opinion due to pressure from myself and other family members.

Comment from: Edward, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 27

If my brother hadn't been tired of heartburn, he may have never known he has esophageal cancer. He was recently diagnosed with stage 4 and I'm scared to my wits end for him and his family. Prayers are already in full-force and he starts chemotherapy immediately. God watch over him and his doctors.

Comment from: Paul G, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

I am 65 next month and yesterday was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. My symptoms are that the first few mouthfuls of food would not past down the end of the esophagus into the stomach. This caused some pain, but drinking a small amount of fluid would help the food pass into the stomach. Some times I would then have severe hiccups. The doctors seem to think I have the early stages, but I have to undergo and endoscopic ultrasound, PET scan and lung function tests before the care team decide on my treatment. I am seriously concerned, but am being positive.

Comment from: Sister, 55-64 Female Published: May 13

My 56 year old brother was diagnosed with esophageal cancer February. He went through chemo and radiation and in September he had his esophagus removed plus numerous lymph nodes. In November he started chemo again by the 2nd round though he had a nervous breakdown and basically lost his mind for almost 3 months (he doesn't remember anything). The doctor's still aren't sure what caused that, either his disposition or the chemo, but he appears to be better, he still has some trouble sleeping, but is on tranquilizers and antidepressants. The only issue is that he has gotten really mean and hateful. Has anyone heard of this? He is going to therapy, but I don't believe he is all that honest with his therapist.

Comment from: Mickey, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

My symptoms with esophageal cancer were: I was very sick in stomach, burning in chest and throat, pain in ribs so bad would hold my ribs in with hands. I felt like my ribs were being pushed out, my cancer was found at the z line of the stomach at an early stage on the wall, not through the wall. I didn't have any trouble with swallowing like is usually stated. My gastrologist was very surprised at the prognosis because he saw no cancer, but the biopsy showed it. I knew I had something bad because of how terrible I felt. Go to a hospital that does this surgery often. I had a good surgeon. My surgery was in September and it takes time to heal. I still have problems, but it's a long process, but better then the alternative.

Comment from: Gemma, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 22

My mother just got diagnosed with this form of cancer. She is 54 years old, first of all she started loosing a lot of weight and had problems swallowing heavy foods such as meat and potatoes, but gradually over 2 weeks it got worse and she now can't swallow at all and has problems drinking fluids, she also had this really loud cough. I took her to emergencies last week and she has been kept in now until surgery.

Comment from: Jan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I was 38 when I had this cancer I had chemo, radio, and surgery. I am 46 now and have a few problems with food and asthma it took me about three years to get where I am now. I do have tylosis and so does my sister and mother, but fortunately they are fine I have a daughter who is 14 and luckily her feet are fine so there is a good chance of not having the gene. When I first found out there was a problem it was because my food was sticking in my throat fortunately. I had a good doctor who sent me straight away for some tests.

Comment from: Roselyn, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I am a 78 year old women and I've had gastritis for about twenty years. I'm allergic to statin drugs. Recently when I take a deep breath I get a pain in my chest in the area of my stomach I'm taking Prilosec every morning ad 150mg Zantac at night. I'm worried about this new pain. Please advise me as what this might be?

Comment from: Wendy, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 17

My 60 year old mother passed away from esophageal adenocarcinoma last year. She began to have flu-like symptoms, and then started losing weight. She then started having pain in her side accompanied by high fevers. She had a cat scan and then a barium swallow, upon which was found she had stage IV esophageal adenocarcinoma. She died 3 weeks later.

Comment from: Bob, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 17

My husband (age 50 at the time) was diagnosed 2 years ago. Had chemo-radiation followed by esophagectomy, then more chemo. His main symptom was difficulty swallowing-feeling like something was sticking in his lower esophagus. He has had reflux for 30 years; treated for 20 years with Rx. anti-reflux meds. We are now walking 6-7 miles per day, full-time work, and writing a book! Oh, what a diagnosis can do. He is exercising more faithfully than ever, eating better than ever, and praying more than ever! We have a lot to live for-3 kids: ages 13, 7, 7 (twins) And, I mean we...because it is a WE effort.

Comment from: jadedmama, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 15

My 33 yr old son has just been diagnosed. Symptoms included heartburn, back pain, difficulty swallowing, passing out due to severe anemia caused by the bleeding ulcers in his esophagus. We've only just begun with the CT scan yesterday.

Comment from: barbara, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 15

My husband had stage 2 esophagus cancer. He had surgery in April, had 2 set backs which ended him back in the hospital. He is now recovering. He can eat almost everything but sometimes has indigestion. He had his first CT scan last week and it showed 2 lymph nodes enlarged. At the time of his surgery they tested his nodes and all were fine. This could be either cancer or some infection. They will do another CT in 6 weeks. He had chemo and radiation which they felt killed all cancer. Has this happened to anyone else?

Comment from: vkurti, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I have a pain in my back any time I eat or even drink.

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