This is probably the most difficult blog post I have written. It has been reported Esophageal Cancer is the fastest growing cancer in the US. Okay, it is esophageal cancer, but what does that really mean?
There are many famous people such as Robert Kardashain (The father of the Kardashain Sisters as well as good a good friend to O. J. Simpson), Ron Silver, Humphrey Bogart, Richard Dawson of Family Feud and Hogan’s Hero fame, as well as others. What do you see and hear? You don’t see the trials and tribulation or the sufferer of the stricken and their family, all you see are some reports, and then one day ad obituary and a news story that so and so was battling esophageal cancer for X number of years.
Why am I writing this post? A number of reasons;
1. One of my friend’s wife is going through the unfortunate experience of esophageal cancer.
2. It doesn’t always have to happen this way.
3. Reflux Guard has helped many, and the emails that attest to how lives have changed, to lives once again worth living, keep my passion for helping others to avoid the above fate keeps me inspired.
Janice and Joseph (not their real names, for reasons of privacy) are a couple in my community where Janice has been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer.
Anatomy of Esophageal Cancer from the outside looking in:
A few months ago Joseph was telling me that his wife was having some issues and went to see a Gastroenterologist. The doctor told her to come back for an endoscopy, which is a procedure that allows the doctor to examine the throat on down into the stomach. Unfortunately the doctor had bad news and told them she had esophageal cancer and she would need 6 weeks of Chemotherapy. This consisted of Chemotherapy on alternating weeks. As I understand it she had one day of infusion therapy and took pills the rest of the week, then one week off to recuperate.
Chemotherapy took a toll on Janice where the weeks she was on the treatment she wasn’t able to go to work, however the alternating weeks she went on a flexible modified schedule that was approved by her boss.
After the 12 weeks (6 weeks of therapy), Janice and Joseph were hoping that would be it. As it turns out they knew she had 2 spots on her lung and therefore was given Chemotherapy vs. Radiation. Last week she had surgery to look at the spots and thankfully it wasn’t cancerous. They were afraid that radiation would spread the spots on the lungs. I was informed yesterday because it wasn’t cancerous they will now use radiation to treat the cancer.
Why have I told you this true story? Because there are things that can be done in order to halt the progression of a healthy esophagus from turning cancerous. Not only can the process be halted, the pain and suffering as well as the damage can be reversed without great difficulty or G-d forbid turn into a story like what Janice and Joseph are experiencing.
I’m not going to try and educate you about Acid Reflux and its possible progression to cancer on one post. We have many blog posts on our site that can be helpful. However, I will discuss only a few things.
If you are suffering from constant Acid Reflux or GERD the first thing to do is see a doctor. The doctor will give you lifestyle changes, some easy some hard, such as eating the right foods, at the right time, in the appropriate quantity, and eating at the suitable speed.
Personally the easiest therapy my doctor gave me that was not highlighted was lifting the head of the bed. You do it once and basically it is done. It is such a game changer, at least for me and others that even all the medication labels I have read also recommend lifting the head of the bed 6” – 8”.
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