Living With Oesophageal Cancer. After being cancer-free for almost four years, I was totally gutted.
Four years ago this November, I was diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer. I had three tumors in my Oesophagus, and the cancer specialist said that they couldn’t operate because it was too dangerous to go in. The specialist said that there are too many vital organs to operate, so I would instead have an intense course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy because my cancer would react quickly to both treatments and shrink the tumors down fast.
I was told that my Oesophageal Cancer is a very rare type of cancer. It’s called a small stem-cell cancer because the cancer normally pops up in your lungs and not the Oesophagus and spreads to the brain. I’ve been lucky because the cancer hasn’t spread to my brain.
For almost four years, after all my treatment was finished, I was told by my cancer specialist at every check-up that I was cancer-free, but when I was in the hospital all over again last Christmas, my cancer specialist told me my Oesophageal Cancer has returned. This time the cancer was very aggressive.
After being cancer-free for almost four years, I was totally gutted. I’ve got four stents fitted in my Oesophagus: three small stents and one large stent, so every four to six weeks, I have to have an endoscopy to go into my Oesophagus to widen it, inject the area around the tumor, and inject the tumor with steroids, so I can swallow properly again. Only today I was discharged from the hospital. Over the weekend, I couldn’t swallow anything – food or liquids, so I had to go into the hospital for the treatment with the endoscopy done again.
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