Have changed user name . I had a transhiatal oesophagectomy 6 years ago .
My twin brother is now receiving chemo for oesphageal cancer .He has been told that his cancer is not operable because a lymph gland is affected and it's position means it cannot be removed .
A recent scan shows that the chemo has shrunk the lymph gland cancer but has had minimal effect on the one at the junction of his stomach and oesophageous.
When he asked whether an oesphagectomy might be possible in the future if the affected lymph gland continued to improve he was told that it was not really worth considering as it was such a big op and the outcomes were usually very poor .
I can only imagine that what was said was more along the lines of the outcome for you is poor and it's not worth going through such a big op .
He doesn't know any details of staging . There is v little impact on his ability to eat food .
What are peoples views on this ?