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January 07, 2016

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Deb Konrad

This is so relevant to my situation right now, thanks for addressing the subject!

tracey Junkerman

I was diagnosed in July 2007...I had 6 weeks of chemo which began in October..It was an indolent form of cancer My bone marrow tested negative (thank goodness)..
I am now in remission.

I have an excellent oncologist..I believe I have developed chronic complications from radiation..my esophageal sphincter is paralyzed..Now my voice is changing..I did have persistent ulcers in my esophagus that are beginning to heal..is there a chance of malt reoccurring ?

What is the percentage of people carrying the bacteria H.Pylori vs to testing negative..I have not heard a case like mine..I tested negative Ty Tracey Junkerman

Wendy S. Harpham, M.D.

I can see how the idea of wondering how far to push physically can lead you to ask how far to push to get a diagnosis for problems that persist or develop after completion of cancer treatment.

Your oncologist can give you exact figures of the risk of MALT recurring after 7 years of remission.

Regarding H. pylori, depending on what tests were done, there are risks of false negatives.

The primary issue is knowing the cause of persistent and/or changing symptoms. Many different issues can cause voice changes, including some issues with the esophagus, or the lungs or the larynx.

I don't know what tests you've already had. Anyway, I cannot give medical advice, since we don't have a doctor-patient relationship and my medical license is no longer active.

If it were me, I'd talk with both my oncologist and my internist about evaluation of the voice change. It will help you get good care and live as fully as possible if you know what it is--and what it is NOT.

A key to Healthy Survivorship is working as a team with your physicians.

I hope this helps.

Debby

We ask ourselves these questions.

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