..........he does have esophageal CA. Even worse, the tumor is very large (around 5 cm), and seems to have wrapped itself most of the way around his esophagus.
That's why he's been in so much pain, and why he can't speak above a whisper or even swallow food now.
Ye gods..........they say it's a Stage III, which does give him some
chance of survival, but even in this early phase of diagnosis, things are looking pretty grim. He's only 64, but he's been a heavy smoker/drinker for most of his life, worked in construction, and has had GERD forever---in short, he's got every possible risk factor and then some.
Even so, it's a huge shock..........I've known this man for over 40 years and can't imagine my sister without him. Everything is on a rush-rush schedule right now, which is freaking her out; she feels like everything is happening too fast and she hasn't had time to process it yet. I don't blame her---he was diagnosed this morning, and he already has an appointment with a gastroenterologist tomorrow morning and an endoscopy/biopsy scheduled for the afternoon. I told her they're in a hurry because they want to give him every possible shot at survival, but of course if it were MY husband in this position, I would be freaking out too, nurse or not!
I've given her some information about the disease, possible treatments, and pain control; I'm OK as long as I can stay in clinical mode. (As a sister-in-law, however, I'm not doing so well.........I had to shut my office door after I got off the phone with my sister this afternoon, which is something I almost NEVER do, and just cry for a little bit.) Tomorrow we will know more; for tonight, I'm simply thankful I have this place to let my hair down, where I don't always have to be strong.
Thanks for listening.