Gullet (oesophagus) cancer

A support group for anyone affected by gullet cancer (also known as oesophageal cancer) to come together, share experiences and ask questions.

Dad's diagnosis looking for advice

Mags79
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Hi All,

I'm new to this forum and hope you can help me a bit. it's about my Dad's diagnosis of gullet cancer. He was diagnosed last November with squamous cell carcinoma T2N1M1 with metastasis to his upper abdomen, somewhere close to his diaphragm.   In December,  he went through a 5 week 'light' chemo and radiotherapy to prepare him for a surgery,  Although the cancer in his oesophagus shrank considerably and he was able to eat without problems week 2 of his treatment, the metastasis sadly didn't respond.  His surgeon insisted a surgery but after opening him stomach and upon what he saw, he decided that the metastasis was inoperable (  too close to aorta) So they only took some samples which confirmed carcinoma. Anyways, after that failed surgery in March my Dad's condition has deteriorated rapidly. He became very depressed and is barely talking to anyone :(  He stopped eating or eats little and a couple of weeks ago he was fitted a stent to help him eat. He is only receiving radiotherapy. I have little control over his treatment plan as he is receiving it  in Poland and I'm based in the UK.   I'm well aware that a recovery in his condition is close to a miracle and his cancer is terminal. However, I'm seeking some advice on alternative treatments to improve his quality of life and possibly prolong it a bit. I know that he can afford a private treatment too. Do you know any other treatments that work on this type of cancer e.g. immunotherapy, more chemo, hyperthermia that I could suggest to him to try?  Many thanks for your help in advance. My Dad is 64 and didn't have any major health problems before his diagnosis. Magda

latchbrook
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Hi Magda and a very warm welcome to the online community

I'm sorry to hear how poorly your dad is at the moment and it's natural that you want to do all you can to help him. Although I'm not a member of this group I noticed that your post had gone unanswered and by replying to you it will bump it back to the top of the page where it might be seen by someone who can help more than I can.

You could also post your question about what other types of treatment might be available in the ask a nurse section and one of the specialist nurses will aim to reply within 2 working days. However, you need to be aware that as Macmillan is a UK based charity the treatments suggested might not be available in Poland.

Wishing you and your dad all the best

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