My husband has been diagnosed with stage T1b N0/1 oesophageal cancer along with some barrett's oesophagus. He has used antacids for 25 years, rarely drinks, has never smoked and has a higher BMI. He has had a resection which has removed the cancer. On checking the resection healing, by EUS, inflammation in one node has been identified as 6mm. This may be nothing of concern and just a raised node. But there again it could possibly be cancer. An Ivor lewis operation has been recommended (and was recommended before the lymph node was found) but on the understanding that the biopsy may come back clear and that the surgery was therfore preventative not curative. He has surgery scheduled for a couple of weeks time. Thankfully no chemo is required. We understand that this operation is formidable and carries a number of risks. The non-surgical alternative of monitoring matters is not very reassuring.
My husband is 49 and we have two children, one of whom has complex disabilities. He is a very private man and does not want to join a group. I had surgical and chemo treatment for breast cancer three years ago and am in remision.
I would appreciate any thoughts and assuming he goes ahead with the op, any tips for how I can best care for him post operatively.