Hey all. Just completed my chemo and have my follow up at MD Anderson April 16th and 17th. Scheduled for a CT scan, labs, and an extended follow up with my onc.
I have noticed that my heartburn got progressively worse during my chemo. It's terrible now...if I eat meat, or bread, it hurts so badly. It hurts going down and burns as well. A few days ago a piece of steak felt as if it was stuck in my esophagus- I started panicking. It eventually went painfully down and it made me feel like it was going to be stuck in my food pipe. Very very uncomfortable.
I wake up each night and take tums or I cannot sleep due to acid reflux.
I have looked and have seen chemo, but more commonly radiation, can effect your esophagus and make you have such symptoms. I definitely am going to tell my onc.
Has anyone had such issues from chemo? I am sort of terrified I have a tumor in my esophagus, as unlikely as it is. My bloodwork at my last chemo was ok. I did have a complete blockage in my colon with no symptoms, that's how my colon cancer was found. I always thought a large tumor in your body would be painful, etc, and now I know that's not always true.
Thanks for any input!
I had a PET scan last September that came back clear.
Vomiting and blockage 9/19/16 46 y F
R hemi colectomy 9/20/16
Stage 3 B CRC, located in cecum
3 out of 16 lymph nodes positive
perineural invasion/lymphovascular invasion
infiltrating, mod differentiated adenocarcinoma with a mucinous component
separate tumor nodules present in pericolonic adipose tissue
Baseline PET scan clear 9/16 CEA 0.5
FOLFOX 10/16- 3/17
April 16th, CT scan clear. CEA 1.1
Colonoscopy 10/5/2017 clear