Surviving cancer is an incredible feat, and when it comes to esophageal cancer, the odds can seem impossible. But for Amy, a determined and strong individual, nothing was going to stand in the way of her winning the battle against cancer.
First Signs of Esophageal Cancer
It all started with persistent symptoms that she couldn't shake off. Amy experienced acid reflux, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, severe heartburn, and significant weight loss. Her symptoms kept getting worse until she decided to seek medical attention.
After months of relying on over-the-counter medications and hard candy, Amy finally went to see a gastroenterologist. Dr. Anghel performed an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, revealing a mass in her lower esophagus. A subsequent EUS confirmed that she had Stage I esophageal cancer.
Amy was referred to an oncologist, Dr. Jonathan Salo, who recommended surgery to remove the cancer. In September 2019, she underwent a 10-hour surgery called esophagectomy. Her recovery was long and painful, requiring her to have three different drainage tubes for three months.
Furthermore, Amy had to adapt to new eating habits due to limitations on various foods. Despite these challenges, Amy persevered, and her surgery was a success. Because the cancer was caught early, she did not need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation.
Life After Treatment
Amy's journey was undoubtedly challenging, but she had an amazing team of doctors supporting her. She is grateful to Dr. Anghel and Dr. Salo for their expert care over the past three years. She continues to have yearly follow-up appointments with them.
Through her determination and positive attitude, Amy inspires us all to persevere through life's challenges. Her story is a reminder that we should never give up and that with the proper medical care, a strong support system, and a positive mindset, we can overcome any obstacle.
Talk With Your Gastroenterologist
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of esophageal cancer, don’t wait, get tested today. Contact the experts at Northeast Digestive for a proper diagnosis so you can receive the best care possible. Early detection is the key to a successful long-term outcome.