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3/30/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our Caring Bridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated with Big Jimmy's progress. We would like to thank you for visiting our page and for all your prayers and words of encouragement.
Here is a little history on Jimmy's diagnosis. In December 2016 Jimmy had a common cold. It did not go away and progressed in to a very bad cough. This triggered a visit to Urgent Care. Thinking he may have pneumonia, they ordered a chest x-ray . He was treated with antibiotics. A second x-ray was requested to follow up on the pneumonia diagnosis and showed a mass (according to the report) but was not explored at that time. He was informed he no longer had pneumonia and proceeded to see he primary care doctor. During all this his voice stared to suffer and he developed what was thought to be laryngitis. This would not go away. His primary care scheduled a GI test, CT and blood work. He was leaning towards there being an issue with reflux. The GI test revealed a mass at the top of his stomach extending up into his esophagus. The CT revealed a mass in his mediastinum ( the area between his lungs) This mass is touching his trachea which is why he sounds like he has laryngitis. The mass in his stomach was biopsied and Oncology diagnosed it as Esophageal cancer. His oncologist has him scheduled to see a Thoracic surgeon at Georgetown Hospital on March 30 for a consult on a procedure called mediastinoscopy with biopsy. Once biopsied, this will provide more information about the mass in his chest and ultimately will help to help create a FIGHT PLAN for his treatment. Please continue to keep him in your prayers as he embarks on this new journey. We will do our best to keep you updated.