Aug 05, 2006 - 9:15 am
My Dad was just diagnosed with stomach cancer. He is 57, healthy,(even though he has had many health problems in the last year: knee replacement,blood clot in lung, vit B-12 deficiency, numbness in hands, feet. He's right hand now shakes making it hard for him to sign his name. NOW stomach cancer. He had a scope down the esophagus to check on stomach problems he was having. They found a spot and directed us to a surgeon. We met with a general surgeon on Friday Aug 4 and was shocked when he said he recommended his stomach be removed. No chemo/radiation as post op. The spot was small in the upper part of the stomach. A cat scan did not show any cancer in the lump nodes. He said that stomach removal was only a 25% cure! We are speechless. . .reading information on the site is both encouraging and scary at the same time. We live in OKC and he is set up for surgery on Wed. Aug 16th. The Doc didn't say anything about the "stage". I'm sure from reading information I will soon know what is meant by "stage" of cancer. Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. How does someone survive without a stomach and getting the nutrition needed to live a "normal" life? The 25% cure scares the life out of me.