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FEEDING TUBE FOR 8 MONTHS?

ZELLARS
Posts: 34
Joined: Oct 2003

SINCE MY DADS STOMACH CANCER RECURRENCE LAST FEB. HE HAD SURGERY AND EVEN THOUGH HE HADNT BEEN EATING OR DRINKING VERY MUCH HE WASNT ABLE TO EAT OR DRINK THERE AFTER. HE IS ON CHEMO AND A FEEDING TUBE AND IS OTHERWISE IN NO PAIN BUT HAS TO SPIT CONSTANTLY IN A CUP. HAS ANYONE EVER HEARD OF LIVING THIS WAY? WE ARE TALKING NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK IN MONTHS. THE FEEDINGS GO DIRECTLY FROM HIS TO TUBE TO INTESTINES. THIS IS JUST SO VERY HARD BUT WHAT KIND OF QUALITY OF LIFE IS THIS FOR HIM?

mv1959
Posts: 12
Joined: Aug 2004

I am sorry to read about your father's difficulties. I too had the spitting problem. My doctor put me on a seasickness patch that goes behind the ear. One of the side effects is cotton mouth. I was able to get rid of the spit cup using this patch. I don't remember the name of the drug, but your Dr. should be able to find it. Good luck. My prayer's are with you.

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Paul420
Posts: 17
Joined: Jan 2005

Hi, my name is Paul, 39, from Hockessin, Delaware. I was diagnosed with stomach cancer (a tumor half the size of my stomach) in June 2003. I went to the University of Texas' M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. It is the number 1 cancer research and treatment centers in the nation and the world. I underwent 6 months of chemo from Sept. 2003 to February 2004. By April 2004, the tumor was gone and the cancer that had spread to the liver, transverse colon, diaphragm and adbominal wall is all gone. I was on a J-tube feeding tube from August 2003 to December 2003 but was taken out when I attained a regular weight of 140 pounds. I do exactly what the oncology department told me. Green tea, brocolli, tomatoes, cran-grape juice and almonds every day.

My wife and I can not say enough about M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. There is an oncology department for each organ in the body and a floor for each organ. The center is made up of 12 hospitals, I believe, from cancer treatments for infants to the elderly and even a veterns hospital. Our e-mail is rescue26@msn.com if you want to contact or call us.

Our only other option was Sloan-Kettering in NYC.

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