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Newbie - Chemo starts on Thursday

Just a quick line to say hi.

I was diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer 2 weeks ago and on Wednesday I received the results of my CAT scan and the biopsies taken during endoscopy last week.

Unfortunately I've shown almost no symptoms of the cancer, so the diagnosis was a complete surprise. It has already metastasised and surrounds my aorta, so is inoperable. It is located at the junction of the oesophagus and stomach.

I start EOX chemotherapy on Thursday.

I shan't ask how the chemo will affect me, as cancer runs in my family and I know from experience that the side effects vary from patient to patient.

I do have another question - but I'll ask that in the questions forum :-)

bye for now


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My thoughts are with you Dave. You seem to have a great positive spirit which is a brilliant start! Good Luck


Chin up and all the best


Good luck with the chemo Dave. Keep up the positive attitude and I'll be thinking of you this week.



Very sorry to hear that you cannot have an operation. but on a positive note I am aware of a lady that was diagnosed nearly 6 years ago and told that she could not have the operation due to the location of the cancer She has had a few setbacks but is still doing well so please stay positive, we are all different

All he best to you


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Sorry to here dave I was lucky enough to have the opp that's rough enough I think you no you are going to have a rough ride so good luck for the future mate

Steve w


Hi dave my thoughts are with you and hope chemotherapy goes well...If you don't mind me asking did you have surveillance endoscopys ? . I am in the process of seeking legal advice as my brother had barrets oesophagus, and coeliac he was supposed to have routine surveillance 2-3 yr but after being diagnosed in 2006 with barrets he was never recalled. .my brother was diagnosed in may this yr and unfortunately he passed away in September aged 49, I am so angry that his surveillance was never monitored . So by the time his swallowing problems started he was stage 4 with secondarys to lymph nodes, blood, bones and brain :(. ..keep ua updated on treatment and take care x


Hi Kam,

I'm afraid I didn't have surveillance endoscopies. It is several years since I last had ulcerated reflux oesophagitis. I had an endoscopy and biopsies done at that time, the biopsies were clear, a course of Lansoprazole and some small adjustments to my diet and a change of job (I was in a stressful job that I hated) sorted out the reflux. A follow up endoscopy showed that everything seemed back to normal (no sign of permanent damage or Barrets) so I was discharged. I then moved house to a completely different area, under a different GP.

Just bad luck in my case, I guess.

So far the cancer has only spread to my lymph nodes. I'm hoping the chemo will stop it spreading - at least for a while. Fingers crossed.



Dave you need to be strong and positive hun..although dave the chemotherapy can be quite brutal. . My brother was a big man and had suffered numerous strokes in 2012 ( was still recovering) he was not physically strong enough to deal with the chemo. . Pls keep me updated dave and i wish you well x


Hi Dave

I am new to this website as the wife of a cancer sufferer. He too is starting chemo on Thursday his has also spread to his lymph nodes and liver. At the moment I am trying to find out what to expect and will ask questions of other sufferers. Good luck hopefully chemo will work for both you and my husband. X


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