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ECEF Newsletter March 31, 2015


ESOPHAGEAL CANCER EDUCATION FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER March 31, 2015  REPORT  The first quarter of 2015 has given us a good start on achieving our $150,000 research goal for this year. We have received approximately $43,000 in donations during this period. We … Continue reading

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Books about Esophageal Cancer


We have presented below several Books about Esophageal Cancer so that people who want to know more about this disease will have a good resource to provide themselves with  that knowledge. Esophageal Cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers … Continue reading

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Heartburn Can Cause Esophageal Cancer


My family has a history of stomach problems.  My Dad had bleeding ulcers on several occasions so, when I started to have heartburn on a regular basis, I thought it was just part of my heritage. I didn’t know that heartburn can cause … Continue reading

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Esophageal Cancer Was God’s Plan For Me


In January, 1999, I decided I would retire at the end of the year. I planned to gradually move into full retirement by reducing my work week to three days. I intended to use the extra free time to figure out what I was going … Continue reading

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Esophageal Cancer Patient Support


Years ago when people were told they had cancer, they tried not to tell anyone about their diagnosis. They did not expect patient support from anyone outside the immediate family. In fact, they often tried to keep the diagnosis to themselves for as long as possible. … Continue reading

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Esophageal Cancer Life Expectancy


When I look back at the time I was diagnosed, I was told my esophageal cancer life expectancy wasn’t very good. When the doctors told me I had a 5 – 10% chance of living 5 years, I felt as if … Continue reading

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Why Worry About Recurrence Of Esophageal Cancer?


When I was initially diagnosed with esophageal cancer, doctors told me I had a 5-10% chance of living 5 years. I was totally destroyed when I heard this. Even if they could halt the disease, there was always worry about … Continue reading

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Esophagectomy Recovery: Relearning To Eat & Sleep


When I came home after surgery for esophageal cancer, a new era of my life began. Esophagectomy recovery meant learning how to eat and sleep again. Although my stomach was now smaller, I still needed the same number of calories to maintain … Continue reading

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Surviving Esophagectomy Surgery


The first phase of my treatment for esophageal cancer required six weeks of simultaneous chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Now I faced esophagectomy surgery to remove the tumor at the junction of my esophagus and stomach. But first, I needed to rest … Continue reading

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Esophageal Cancer: Overwhelming Emotions


After my initial diagnosis, I was overwhelmed with a wave of emotion as I tried to get a grip on what I had just been told: You have esophageal cancer and you will have about a 5-10% chance of living … Continue reading

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