This is my twin, gym fitness enthusiast, and good friend @iamkevinangelo who was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Kevin is the biggest proponent of health, having an inspirational story of going from 240 lbs to 160s, in a life changing attempt to become fit and healthy- honestly, looking like the most jacked person at the gym on most days! 💪🏃♀️🏃🏻♂️🏋🏻♂️🏊♂️🏊♀️Esophageal cancers in an otherwise young, healthy non smoking patient is incredibly rare and unfortunately, prognosis is not so great compared to breast cancers/cervical cancers/lymphomas which can easily be treated these days and caught early. Esophageal cancers manifest late and when they are finally caught (after patient presents with dysphagia and gastro reflux), it is often a late stage in which metastasis has likely occurred. The Mets in this case, has likely gone to the bone and has invaded into some soft tissues.
Words cannot describe how devastated I was to hear all this, especially when, he had me work my med school skills to the test through a HPI and work up. No one who’s not in med school can give such an extensive full grasp of an illness this complex unless they are the patient themselves. That’s when my heart sank when I reached the assessment/plan part.
My friend, whom our PI years ago intro to us with the exclamation: “you have a twin!!!” Has a rare and poorly prognostic cancer and his journey will be hard, as he started his first chemo therapy. He has started a vlog to chronicle his journey- still maintaining and upbeat and sunny persona like he always has. Please keep my twin gym partner in your thoughts and keep up with him at: #gainz #gainzforkevinangelo #esophagealcancer #esophagealcancerawareness #cancer #fitness #transformationtuesday #medschool #cancersux