I have this feeling often, hollow. It’s been in and out of my mind and body since my husband died in 2013. Married for almost fifty years, the Esophageal cancer that took his life was a complete surprise. He was not a smoker and not an alcoholic. No relatives of his had it, but his mother died of breast cancer. Like most men of his generation, he was “too tough” to go to the doctor. Even when he kept losing weight, we couldn’t force him to go. I was sick myself at the time, so probably couldn’t have dragged him to the doctors even if I was strong enough.
This cancer has a ten percent survival rate no matter what you do. The trick is to catch it early. These are the symptoms:
Esophageal cancer symptoms
One of the most common symptoms of esophageal cancer is difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia. Other common esophageal cancer symptoms may include:
Pain or burning in the throat or chest
Unexplained weight loss
Heartburn or indigestion
Frequent choking while eating food
Please be aware of these. For years my husband ate Rolaids like candy. So I’m sure these symptoms were present for quite a while. After radiation and chemotherapy, we encouraged him to go to Denver for an operation. We were hopeful he might get at least five years more. Complications caused a second operation which he did not want. He ended up with pneumonia and after a month in the hospital, he called to say he was done. Hospice attended and my middle son was with him at the end.
As for all types of cancer, you need to be aware of the different symptoms and not be afraid or too nonchalant to check them out.