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Intestine Obstructions often? What to do?

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My mother had surgery 1 1/2 yr ago after gastric cancer was detected. The whole stomach was removed. Since then she has had trouble with her diet. It seems that she can eat anything. Today is the 3rd time she has to be hospitalized for intestine obtruction.. is that pretty common? what needs to be done? Does anyone recommends a good diet? I really would like to help her and I don't know what to do since the doctor she is seing has not been able to do anything for her. She doesn't live in the US. Please share your experiences with me.

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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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hi...my husband going thru similar at the moment and i am finding it very hard preparing proper meals for him as he is only drinking liquids mainly. he is quite sick of egg flips and smooothies. did you find or hear of any other types of drinks that are conmplete meals (apart from the bought varieties like sustagen, etc. any information from anybody would be great. thanks

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What are the symptoms of intestinal obstructions. My dad had his whole stomach and part of his colon out in March '04. He recovered from the chemo and radiation and was eating pretty well and playing golf until a month ago. Now he throws up all the time, can't keep anything down, is back on the TPN and is having severe abdominable pains. They have done EVERY test in the book and cannot find any cancer, nor any blockages. Does anyone have any ideas? This is very difficult. Thanks in advance.

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