I am a 45 year old. I was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer 12 months ago. I've had radiation and chemotherapy for 7 weeks last year then the 2/3 stomach removed. It has been 8 months since surgery. I feel a little better but weight gain is my biggest issue. I was never a big person but now I'm a walking skeleton. I started at 78 kg and now I'm down to 64 kg. I find dairy, ensure and protein drinks sends me straight to the toilet.
I have 4 small children and hope I am around to see them grow up. It's been a roller coaster of emotions that's for sure. I've been an active and healthy person never smoked or drank excessive alcohol. It does not discriminate this dreaded cancer. As advised this cancer can come back and if I get to 3-5 years without cancer coming back I have a good chance of survival. The uncertainty of the future is still frightening.
Would like to know if anyone has ideas on weight gain
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I had surgery for Oesophageal Cancer back in Early February 2015. I was in hospital for two weeks. I was home for two days and was taken back to hospital for a lung infection due to a chest drain puncturing my lung.
I have always been a fit person, not overweight, never smoked.
These days I am trying to put on weight, which is a challenge in itself. As the "runny tummy" (as someone called it politely the other day) makes it hard to enjoy a meal.
During the last three months I have had two dialation procedures done. Nothing worst than having food stuck in your oesophagus, food wont go down, fluid will not get through.
I can not wait till I have my strength back to the way I was. Would like to know general info relating to the challenges others had and how long it takes to get your strength back to normal.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.