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  • Hi, my mum is 75 and has been told she has a 5cm tumor in her oesophagus. She's had a pet and ct scan and they're doing a biopsy for 1 lympnode to see if it's infected. She is a stong  woman for her age. Doctor said no surgery available if node comes back positive. Just wondering why? They told her it was a small tumor and early days but if spread to lymphnode it could be stage 3. Please if anyone has been in this situation. Thankyou 
  • Hi Baa baa mupps, sad to hear of mums diagnosis.

    I was diagnosed with OC in March of this year. Staged as T3N1M0 and I have been operated on successfully in September. I have just started my second set of chemo.

    The problem of no operation possible I find difficult to understand. I know we are all different, age and other medical conditions could be part of it. 

    I feel your best way forward would be to talk with mums cancer nurses for a better explanation of the decisions that have been made.

    Best regards 

    Geo.

  • Geo, glad to hear your operation was successful and you're on the right road. Keep positive and stay strong. Its just a big shock for us all and I'm trying to make sense of it all. Thank you for your reply, I need to hear some positives to get me through 

  • Hi Baa baa mupps

    Have the results of the biopsy come back yet, do you know any more?

    Lowe'

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  • Hi lowedal, yes her results came back with no cancer in the lymphnodes which is great. Although the pet scan lit up lightly on nodes around her stomach but they couldn't do a biopsy down that far so they're giving it the benefit of the doubt and hoping it wont present anything. She was given 2 options chemo/radio or surgery and low dose of chemo before and after. She chose chemo/ radio as shes afraid of the complications with the major surgery. The oncologist says either option is as successful as hers is squamous cell and chemo/ radio responds very well to this. Her chemo will start next week and it's one day for 7 hrs every 3 weeks along with a chemo tablet twice a day to take at home the whole 12 weeks. They've told her she won't lose her hair so that's a positive. It'll be a long journey. This is all new to our family. No mention of staging either. Thankyou for enquiring about her 

  • Wishing your Mum all the best with the treatment next week Fingers crossed

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