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My husband is 81. He has stage 4 esophageal cancer,

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Question: My husband is 81. He has stage 4 esophageal cancer, it is in some lymph nodes and liver. He had his first treatment last week,
This is lists of drugs:
Sustol -nausea, vomiting

Cinvanti- nausea, vomiting

Decadron- antiinflamitory

Carbopatin (Paraplatin)- treat cancer

Paclitaxel (Taxol)- treat cancer

Keytruda (pembrolizumab)- works on immune system

We are trying to make a quality of life decision. My online research indicates with the treatment he could live two years.

There are so many side effects to the treatment. If this is as accurate a guess as possible we are questioning doing the treatment























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Answered by Dr. Esmeralda Sera (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Cancer treatment

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for asking

The treatment that your husband it’s undergoing for his cancer has a lot of side effects that can affect the quality of person life.

Of course if the therapy works the person may have a prolonged life; but you have to balance the quality of life and the benefits of the treatment.

If the side effects affect a lot the quality of his life then your husband should have a decision to continue or not the treatment


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Answered by Dr. Esmeralda Sera (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Cancer treatment

Detailed Answer:
In this case the prognosis is dependent on how the disease will respond to the treatment ,the general condition of the patient.

We can’t predict exactly how long the patient will live in this condition
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Follow up: Dr. Esmeralda Sera (1 minute later)
Is it your understanding that the longest we likely can expect with this treatment is two years
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My husband is 81. He has stage 4 esophageal cancer,

Brief Answer: Cancer treatment Detailed Answer: Hello and thank you for asking The treatment that your husband it’s undergoing for his cancer has a lot of side effects that can affect the quality of person life. Of course if the therapy works the person may have a prolonged life; but you have to balance the quality of life and the benefits of the treatment. If the side effects affect a lot the quality of his life then your husband should have a decision to continue or not the treatment Feel free to ask further