Survivorship

Ed Orlosky

Ed Orlosky is a survivor of esophageal cancer, which forms in tissues lining the esophagus (the muscular tube through which food passes from the throat to the stomach). The National Cancer Institute estimated more than  16,000 new cases of esophageal cancer in the United States in 2008.

Ed was diagnosed in February 2006 at the age of 67.  His treatment included chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Ed came to the Survivorship Program's MOST clinic, accompanied by his wife, approximately two years after completing cancer treatment.  During Ed's visit he discussed coping strategies for the long-term effects resulting from his cancer treatment.  Ed had additional questions  that were specific to digestion.

"I had wanted to know if fibrous foods were good for me. Well they are, but for me, too much fiber is not good and can cause an intestinal blockage.  I guess too much of a good thing is no good!"

Our experienced clinic staff reviewed with Ed his cancer Survivorship Care Plan, including dietary strategies to cope with specific late effects related to digestion. Ed left the clinic with his Survivor Notebook and new ideas and approaches to his health and health care. 

"As a result of my appointment in the MOST clinic, I learned how important diet and regular exercise are as part of the total package of managing  health to stay cancer-free."

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