We’re off on a new adventure!
As a result of routine health maintenance, I’ve recently discovered that I have Adeno Carcinoma. This kind of cancer is apparently on the rise among Caucasians of my age, plus or minus, and while this is not good news, it looks like it was detected early, really by accident. My urologist wanted to rule out a kidney problem, and so he ordered a CT Scan that showed nothing there, but they also looked at my upper GI since they were already in the neighborhood and saw an "abnormality". I already had a colonoscopy scheduled a week later, and my GI Doc agreed to scope me on both ends, and there we are. BTW, the urologist also took a look inside my bladder, looking for anything suspicious, but there's nothing suspicious in either the kidney or the bladder. I had only relatively minor symptoms. Oh yes, I have a small hiatal hernia, which might have been causing the occasional heartburn, and burping, etc. which started a month or so ago, but nothing more, really, than that.
I have a Pet Scan (sounds like the title of a Beach Boys album, doesn’t it?) tomorrow morning, which will determine next steps, and we’ll (my wife, Betty O’Dea, is with me in this journey, along with other family and friends) have an appointment Monday morning to discuss options. If it's isolated, as it looks like it might be, then surgery is indicated along perhaps with chemo and radiation, depending; however, if the P/S shows that it's in my liver and/or lungs, which cannot be good news, then surgery is no longer an option, and we're back to radiation and chemo. A thoracic esophageal surgeon is waiting in the wings, if surgery is indicated. We should know the action plan within the next few days, but no matter what’s indicated, the GI doc told us to expect a rough couple of months.