Last week Shelly, Parker, and I flew up to NYC to meet with Dr. David Ilson at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. We wanted to have a consultation with the world-renowned Esophageal Cancer Specialist to understand more about the disease and my life with the disease. After reviewing hundreds of pages of documents, Dr. Ilson suggested that the Esophagectomy surgery was not in my best interest at this time. He felt strongly that since the chemo therapy is working to reduce the cancerous tumors, there is no reason to go that route yet. The esophagectomy is very traumatic to the human body and would almost be treated as a last resort due to the complications during and post surgery. So for now and until further notice I will be having more chemo cocktails! I am certainly pleased that we could have possibly avoided a major catastrophe if I had been impatient and pushed for the surgery sooner rather than later. Other than the meeting with Dr. Ilson, we had a wonderful time in the city; it had been ages since I had been there.
On another note, please come out and support Emory and the Winship Cancer Institute on October 13th for a road race.
The race is only a 5k, so you really do not have an excuse to not to join us! We have a great support group already signed up under “Team Hayden”. All ticket sales and donations benefit cancer research. I will be speed walking (sans fanny pack) so catch me if you can!
**Chemo starts back tomorrow and to my understanding, I will be on the same schedule for a while (every other week)
9/25/12 – Infusion
10/9/12 – Infusion
10/22/12 – Infusion
10/29/12 – CT Scan & MRI
11/6/12 – Infusion