Erik MH:

blog entry

A ques­tion of logistics

original date2017-09-05 17:16 utc
republished2024-06-04 23:41 utc
topicshealth; orig. on PostHope
noteThis post was ori­gin­ally pub­lished on Pos­tHope, where it’s still avail­able, along with sev­er­al pub­lic comments.

We really have the best of both worlds, logistically.

All of the chemo­ther­apy and radi­ation ther­apy can (and will) be done at the Cent­ral Ver­mont Med­ic­al Cen­ter near Mont­pe­li­er — only 35 minutes from our house. And I’ll be able to drive myself to almost all of these appoint­ments myself. Yea! Unsur­pris­ingly, the hos­pit­al is small, com­fort­able, and friendly. Per­haps more sur­pris­ingly (giv­en its size) it’s quite up-to-date: no wor­ries about any­thing less than 2017 best practices.

Everything hav­ing to do with each sur­gery will be all the way down at Dart­mouth-Hitch­cock Med­ic­al Cen­ter. That’s a full 90 minutes away near Dart­mouth Col­lege in Han­over, N.H. It’s big! I was very well cared for dur­ing and after my first sur­gery — and nurses and doc­tors at CVMC have been very impressed with the qual­ity of the “port” which allows them to get blood samples and infuse chemo­ther­apy chem­ic­als without pok­ing me each time for an IV.

The med­ic­al cen­ters are fairly closely linked, and there has been no prob­lem coordin­at­ing ser­vices, ther­apies, med­ic­al records, &c., between the two. Yea!

The sur­geon who will per­form the eso­phagec­tomy in Novem­ber is one of the very best in his field any­where. The pro­ced­ure in the United States has a 97.5% suc­cess rate; Dr. Dav­id Fin­lay has a 99.6% rate. And, though only 2,000 of these sur­ger­ies are per­formed each year in the U.S., Dr. Fin­lay has done well over 200 of them. I’m in very good hands.