My brother was diagnosed with Stage III esophagus cancer 2 1/2 months ago. We live in Orange County, CA He had the Ivor Lewis surgery 2 months ago at the VA Hospital in Long Beach and they removed 2/3 of his stomach and 1/2 of his esophagus. The margins were clear around the tumor and only 2 of the 11 lymph nodes had cancer cells so as far as they could tell they got it all. He is supposed to start Chemotherapy (5-FU & Cisplatin and possibly Epirubicin) but is still vomiting and having headaches that he never had. He doesn't want to start Chemo until he gets stronger. The are going in to stretch his esophagus today hoping that will solve his problem of vomiting but the upper GI showed only a little constriction. He is staying with me and I am his caregiver. I don't seem to find many people that had the surgery 1st then the Chemo. The cancer board decided he only needed Chemo and not radiation. Many things I've looked up said Chemo after surgery doesn't increase the % of cure that much. Does anyone have a similar story or has anyone taken that type of Chemo? Thanks so much.
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