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Apr 26, 2020
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For those of you who don't know, Jacque was diagnosed with esophageal cancer the middle of November 2019. An initial PET scan and endoscopy revealed the tumor was localized in the GE junction and had not spread to the lymph nodes or nearby organs. She started chemo and radiation treatments December 9th and completed them January 15th. It was a rocky road with bouts of dehydration, blood clots, weather delays. etc. A secondary PET scan in early February confirmed the cancer had not spread and an endoscopy showed the tumor had shrunk by more than half. Surgery was originally scheduled for February 25th, but had to be postponed to March 5th. The procedure involves removing the majority of the esophagus, along with the top part of the stomach and then using the remaining stomach to reconstruct her digestive tract. She will be in the hospital for 7-10 days since they want her to be eating on her own and on a soft foods diet before she goes home. Recovery will be long. She's been told it'll take 6 six weeks before she feels better and a good 6 months before she's back to 100%.
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