Newly diagnosed with esophageal cancer: Where did you seek care?
Hello all. My first post and I appreciate having someplace to turn. My husband, who is 76, was given a diagnosis of esophageal cancer just yesterday morning, so I’m having a bit of a time trying to process this.
He went in for a follow~up endoscopy on 10/30 for some issues that had resulted from a hiatal hernia repair he had late last year. The gastroenterologist didn’t see anything too disturbing at that time, but did notice a couple of “areas of irritation”, so he did take a couple of biopsies which were sent off. He told us in our meeting that he certainly was not expecting the results he received as nothing jumped out as being cancer and he was even re~looking at all of the pictures he had taken during the procedure when we went in.
Due to the fact that my husband doesn’t seem to be having any symptoms and with what has been seen so far, the doctor feels that we may have caught this early, which I’m sure is probably a good thing. So far, we are hoping that we can get a CT scan this coming week and then probably an EUS soon after. The doctor told us that those are necessary in order to determine what “stage” we’re in, which will determine how aggressive the treatment plan will be.
This is all very new and scary for me. I want to get the best possible help for my husband, but not sure exactly where to turn. We live in Texarkana, Texas and haven’t a clue as to places within a reasonable distance for care, doctors, etc. I’ve arranged to have a consultation with our general physician in a couple of days to see if he may have some input along those lines. Any suggestions anyone might be able to give as to recommendations or research I can do would be greatly appreciated.
It’s been a long, rough day and I’m trying to cope, but I guess we just need to take one day at a time and start this journey. Thanks for listening!