Hello. Just recently (Oct. 28th 2008) My 49 year old father went in for an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. The endoscopy was due to difficulty swallowing food. He has had the symptom for about a month. The colonoscopy was just routine, due to a high incidence of stomach/lymphoma cancer in the family. (Dad's oldest brother died several years ago from cancer, his next oldest brother found out that he had cancer about 4 years ago, and has undergone chemo and a few lymph node removals. He is cancer free right now but they keep close check on him and he visits his doctor regularly. My grandmother, was diagnosed with lung cancer 4 months ago at the age of 78, and she passed away last month.)
After my dad was brought back from the procedures we waited for the doctor. She came in and told us that she was not able to dilate the Esophagus because she found two hard masses close the the gasterointestinal junction. She said it looked like cancer. She said that while she was in there she took a biopsy. Of course my mother and I were devastated. My dad on the other hand has peace. He is a Baptist minister and knows that it's all in God's hands. Dr. Richardson said that there were two steps that she wanted daddy to take. 1) CT/Pet scan. (she wanted it done that day but they weren't able to schedule it that day. so they scheduled it for next monday. when we got home she called and said that she got daddy scheduled at another place for this Thursday instead.) 2) Special ultrasound of the Esophagus. We asked about his colon and stomach and she said that the stomach looked fine. Nothing at all in there, and she removed 3 minor polyps from his colon.
I guess my question is, does this sound very bad? I mean to us (my mother and I), it's the end of the world. Can a Gastro Dr. be certain of cancer? Is she rushing these tests because it looked very bad in there? I am grasping at any kind of reassurance I suppose. Some direction. I believe that God can heal my father as well, but he may use the Dr's to do it. What do we do? I am 31 years old and my daddy is my world. I have a 4 year old son that worships the ground my dad walks on. They are buddies. My son's father gave up his parental rights long ago, so my dad is the only father my son knows. He wants to be around to see him grow up and we need him so much. I'm sure this story is far from unique, but please can you help us? Tell us something? I am desperate.
We want the best for daddy and I have researched many many hours trying to find the best location for his treatment. I'm sure you wouldn't be able to be specific about his condition without the test results/labs, but is this something that can be treated even if it has spread? All of the research that I have done makes this cancer look very deadly, and the prognosis for most people is very poor. I am looking for a champion. Please can you help us?