Gullet (oesophagus) cancer

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Pain and swelling in stomach

jimjan
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I am 5 months post op from Ivor Lewis surgery. I finished 4 cycles of flot chemo 3 weeks ago. Throughout the treatment I have lost 3 stone, however over the last couple of weeks This loss has stopped. My stomach is swollen just below the rib cage in the area of the crescent shape operation wound. The swelling is accompanied with discomfort and pain and is more prominent in the early evening after completion of my eating regime. In addition to this I have a distinct lack of energy and feel very tired all of the time. I am 70 years old and before diagnosis some 10 months ago I was very fit and able. Any advice would be most welcome.Jim

BrentS
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Could be just wind, Jim. Which may be a result of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (sibo), which is very common shortly after Ivor Lewis surgery. But it would be a good idea to give your specialist nurse a ring and seek advice. 

Counting the days, making every day count.

Brent

Zappaman
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Jim, I am not sure about the swollen stomach I never had chemotherapy and my surgery on the front was keyhole surgery. It might be what Brent says but worth getting it checked out. Regarding the lack of energy, 5 months after surgery is not a long recovery period. You have been through very much major surgery and it took me about a year before my energy level returned to anything like normal and I was 57. I did initially feel energetic after a month then possibly overdone things, after about 6 months after surgery I suddenly lost my energy. So build up gradually and be patient it takes time to recover. Good luck and kind regards Frank.

jimjan
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Cheers Brent much appreciated. I am due to see surgical team next week so hopefully get something sorted. Many Thanks Jim

jimjan
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Hi Frank thanks for your reply, I think your right, I went through a short period of feeling ok then sort of went into reverse. I am due to see surgical team next week and will run things by them. Hopefully will get something sorted. Your comments much appreciated, cheers Jim