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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.

My dad has terminal oesophageal cancer

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My dad was terminally diagnosed with this cancer a few months ago- given 6 months or 12 months with chemo. Had spread to his lymph nodes also. The first round of chemo nearly killed him and he decided to stop, however the CAT scan he had following this showed amazing results so he started again on a lower dose which he has had one round of, but today they have said he needs to get his white blood cells up before they give him another round of chemo. Does this still make it terminal or does it just possibly prolong it? Apparently his doctor at Christie's was was amazed at the results and I just don't know what to think without prying too much. We have fought about it as i ask alot of questions but im just abit confused. 

Any help or info appreciated

Thanks in advance

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Hi and welcome to the online community

I'm sorry to hear how poorly your dad is at the moment and it's normal to have questions about prognosis.

The best person to help you with your question about whether the results from the chemo means that he is no longer classed as terminal but now incurable would be, with your dad's permission, his CNS. However, I don't know if your dad will give his permission as I see you've said that "we have fought about it" and you may have to respect his wishes that he doesn't want you to know more than you do. I know that this will be very hard to accept so you might find joining the supporting someone with incurable cancer group good to join as there you can discuss your worries with others who will understand what you're going through.

If you want to join the group clicking on the link I've created will take you directly there.

You may also find this information from Macmillan about if someone you know has cancer helpful in understanding how your dad might feel and how you can support him.

Sending a supportive ((hug))

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Hi, my dad has had the same diagnosis today. I am wary of chemo as I know it’s there to help but I can’t help thinking if it’s going to make him ill, why have it, why make him I’ll for the last days of his life. He’s currently strong and healthy for a man of 68 and is the most upbeat out of all of us. I’m in bits and need to stay strong for him but struggling right now