Can’t cope just found out

Hi my dad has just been diagnosed with stage 4 osephagis and lung cancer

I would like to know how long his got to live xx also is the cancer going to go into remission when he has chemotherapy and will it stop it spreading xx many thanks

  • Hi Starbuck21,

    Thanks very much for getting in touch with us.

    I’m so sorry to read about your dad, its completely understandable to have questions around how long he has to live.

    Chemotherapy is a systemic drug which means it will get into your dad’s blood system and its aim is to stop cancer cells dividing and growing.

    It’s difficult to know how your dad’s cancer will respond to the chemotherapy. Because of this, doctors are cautious to talk about life expectancy. You may find your dad has a scan in the middle of his treatment plan, this helps the hospital team have a clearer picture of how well the chemotherapy is working.

    Cancer Research UK have information about survival for a stage 4 oesophageal cancer you might find helpful to look at. Its worth mentioning that this information is only general and not specific to your dad’s individual situation.

    Sometimes it can help to speak with one of the nurses on the support line. Although we are separate from the NHS and don’t have access to your dad’s hospital records, we can have a chat about what’s happening.

    I hope this information is helpful, but if there’s anything else we can help you with please don’t hesitate to get back in touch.

    Take care and warm regards,

    Sarah (cancer information nurse specialist)