Another batch of tests today, more scheduled, and the diagnosis made. Various people conducting the treatment plan will do all they can to make him comfortable. Cancer starts in his esophagus, moved into the lymph glands and lungs. Surgery is out. It has not been decided yet if he will have chemo and radiation.  

The good news is Cancer Care Northwest provides Cary with the greatest group of people, from physicians, technicians, nurses, support staff. They all have positive attitudes. I look forward to meeting with the nutritionist and developing the plan to give him nourishing food that he can swallow. 

Cary's goal is to eat a steak dinner, and that has become my goal. 

As Laura said, "Let's get it done!". 

As Larry said, "Let's get it did!"

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Comment by Michael Penn on September 25, 2016 at 7:49am

Joan, it's an unfortunate situation but having a good cancer team there makes a big difference. I wish all of you the best in this bad time.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 24, 2016 at 4:58pm
Joan, that is good news. My dad died from cancer years before any thing was available for in home care. We spent hours on the road to get him to the hospital in Louisville. I'm glad I was young and strong then. The last time my mom and I took off,with dad, for Louisville I was carrying most of his weight on my shoulders. Of course he was very thin by then. The entire family would have been more comfortable had hospice been available.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2016 at 11:18am

Oh! my goodness, yes! They will do everything they can to make him comfortable and he will get all the support possible. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2016 at 5:41am

Hypopharyngeal Cancer Treatment

  • Hypopharyngeal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the hypopharynx.
  • Use of tobacco products and heavy drinking can affect the risk of developing hypopharyngeal cancer.
  • Signs and symptoms of hypopharyngeal cancer include a sore throat and ear pain.
  • Tests that examine the throat and neck are used to help detect (find) and diagnose hypopharyngeal cancer.
  • Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.

Cary's cancer metastasized to his lungs, lymph glands.

Treatment: Palliative care is care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease, such as cancer. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, in addition to the related psychological, social, and spiritual problems. The goal is not to cure. Palliative care is also called comfort caresupportive care, and symptom management. 

Cancer Care Northwest will manage his care at this time. 

 

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