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My grandad was diagnosed in March this year with oesophageal cancer. He had been suffering from acid reflux for many years since childhood but was noticing it getting worse from around Christmas time last year, as well as struggling to eat more and more. So in the new year he was booked in for his endoscopy. He was very cautious as he lost his own father to oesophageal cancer, but it was detected when it was too late and he only had weeks left.
After his first round of FLOT chemo and his successful oeseophegotomy we have just received the news that there is only cancer in one of the nodes they took away during surgery! Showing great success rates with the chemo he has undergone – showing there really is hope with this cancer. It is no longer always a death sentence. He is opting for some last FLOT chemo in the next few weeks to really make sure this awful illness is gone for good. I cannot wait to see him ring the bell early next year!
It is so important to get check ups regularly and know the symptoms of oesophageal cancer, as well as others because if detected early enough, it is treatable. I am so proud of my grandad and every other cancer patient going through this awful illness. And I hope running the virtual london marathon helps raise some awareness and funds to the OPA who has helped my family and so many others during this very difficult time. I don’t know what we would have done without them.