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Has anyone survived stage 4 stomach cancer?

savebrother
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Joined: Apr 2008

Hi,

I just learned that my brother in China was diagnosed stage 4 stomach cancer last week. The surgery could not go on at his stage. However, the cancer seems not spread to lung, liver, but spread over his bowl.

It is devastating after hearing this. I read a lot of research papers and articles about it. I now know it is incurable, but I see about 3% survivors from statistics.

If any of you belong to those 3%, or know anyone in those 3%. Would you please let me know what you have done? As eating, sleeping, exercising, or any unconventional approach you or he/she have taken? I am trying to find something common in those survivors.

My reading told me that any conventional approach (chemo, target therapy etc.) normally go to a dead end. I am struggling whether I should suggest family to let my brother take a paliative approach, combined with some Chinese herbal, instead of continually using chemo. My brother said he is not afaid of death, but does like die in hospital with endless pain. I hope he can fight for his life, but I do not want him to suffer the pain on a route without hope.

Please help me.

Thanks a lot

Frank

LarryT
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Joined: Aug 2006

I am stage 4, stomach cancer, have survived for 2 years, 50 years old, and male.

To your question: I eat 5 to 10 servings of vegetables and fruits. A breast cancer study showed that having >5 servings of vegetables and fruits a day cut down cancer recurrence rate by 50%. I do not eat red meat. I do not eat salty, spicy, or oily foods. A rule of thumb is to eat fresh foods. Some traditional Chinese foods are bad in that regard due to special treatments for preservation. I exercise every day, starting from 10 min. a day last year to now 35 min a day. I sleep 8 hours a day. I appreciate life and am enjoying my life.

I went thru chemo and radiation therapies. The success rates of those treatments are low, about 30% per my oncology doctor, but unfortunately are the best one can find today. Never give up those conventional treatments. In fact the best defense against cancer is our body's immunity system. And the best way to build up one's immunity system is to do what I said above. Unconventional approaches can be supplemental. Miracles do happen. I have seen at least one success case. Just do not bet on it.

My life was not always like what I said above. I used to smoke, slept 4 to 5 hours a day, never ate breakfast, skipped lunch more often than not, had high pressure from work, and thus ill tempered. Looking back, I admit I deserved the cancer.

Encourage your brother. Never give up. Never!

mtw40
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Joined: Jan 2009

Hi,
I was just recently diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. It was a recurrence. I had gone 4 yrs. and thought I had beat it. I was happy to read that you are succeeding, but it made sad to read that you deserved the cancer. We all make mistakes, but no one deserves this. Good luck. I will try to be encouraged.

Hope24
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Joined: Jun 2012

MY HUSBAND IS 24 YEARS OLD JUST FOUND OUT HE HAS CANCER IN HIS STOMACH CALLED ADENOCARCINOMA. he first went to the er and they said it was acid reflex then sent him home with a perscription. he continue having pain 2 months later he went to another hospital because he continue to have a fever and when they did his ct scan they said it was abnormal and also found fluid in his stomach they did blood work and all type of testing for 4 days they couldnt find out what was wrong with him, finally they said he had cancer in the stomach which spreaded to the pelvic area he has already done 2 cycles of chemo, he recently went to the doctors monday his doctor said he didnt THINK the chemo was working cause the fluid keeps coming back he refuse to look inside his stomach to see if the mass shrunk also refuse to give him pain medication and nausea medication, the doctor told my boyfriends mom to put him in hospice she said no because he never got a second opinon and that she didnt the doctor knew what he was treating so now hes going to tampa wednesday. he has lost alot of weight from not being able to eat alot. can somebody give me tips how and what he can eat

Hope24
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Joined: Jun 2012

MY HUSBAND IS 24 YEARS OLD JUST FOUND OUT HE HAS CANCER IN HIS STOMACH CALLED ADENOCARCINOMA. he first went to the er and they said it was acid reflex then sent him home with a perscription. he continue having pain 2 months later he went to another hospital because he continue to have a fever and when they did his ct scan they said it was abnormal and also found fluid in his stomach they did blood work and all type of testing for 4 days they couldnt find out what was wrong with him, finally they said he had cancer in the stomach which spreaded to the pelvic area he has already done 2 cycles of chemo, he recently went to the doctors monday his doctor said he didnt THINK the chemo was working cause the fluid keeps coming back he refuse to look inside his stomach to see if the mass shrunk also refuse to give him pain medication and nausea medication, the doctor told my boyfriends mom to put him in hospice she said no because he never got a second opinon and that she didnt the doctor knew what he was treating so now hes going to tampa wednesday. he has lost alot of weight from not being able to eat alot. can somebody give me tips how and what he can eat

gcordoba
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Joined: Jun 2012

Hi Hope, I am very sorry you are going thru this. I was in the same situation as you in January. My bf was 34, I'm 26 Jan 1st we took him to ER, jan 4th he was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer adenocarcinoma and Jan 10th our lil first baby was born :( its been a lot for me. I am sorry to say things that may not be too cheering but unlike me I had noone to tell me the truth. He wanted to protect me he knew there was no cure and always smiled and said "I will be fine!" He lost a lot a lot of weight, keep ur husband eating anything he can! My bf had a jpeg feeding tube. Make him liquified food, he needs to eat to keep strong and fight cancer. * do all you can, unfortunately its not going to get easier. We went thru a lot and I wish I could have done much much more, but I had our newborn and it was very difficult but he enjoyed the little time he had with our baby girl. Keep him smiling, kiss and hug him all you can.... The memories and all the smiles keep me going each day, I stay strong for the gift he left me. Our daughter shines our days. My bf passed away in April :( I miss him a lot!. Cheer up bc only you can make him smile and be with him at all times. Redmind him of beautiful moments. Prayers goes out to him and you. *** tell him to stay strong and fight cancer** F*ck cancer!

ritak721
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Joined: Aug 2012

My boyfriend(53years old) is suffering from Stage IV gastric cancer with peritoneal carcinomatosis. He went trough Subtotal Gastrectomy,Chemo and Radiation. Originally he was diagnosed with Stomach CA in July 2011. All treatment was finished in February 2012. On May 1st the PET scan showed NO cancer and we were so happy about it! However, this happiness was short-lived because at the end of May he started having problems with digesting his food; the food would stay and lay in his stomach until he had to throw it all up. Doctors tried many endoscopies and scans and said that the area where his stomach is connected to his small intestine was closed. So, apparently he had a recurrence of the cancer and this time the peritoneal area is involved. Now he gets all his feedings trough IV TPN. GI Doc was able to place two stents,but it makes no difference, he still can not eat anything. We have been from one hospital to another, from second opinion to third. In the beginning it was very promising that things would be okay and he would recover, but now the doctors don't want to do any surgery to clean the tumor and fix the blockage issue. We were hopping for HIPEC surgery at CTCA,but it's all been turned down because the surgeon thinks his cancer is too advanced and therefore the surgery may not work. I read a lot of articles, saw videos about surgeons who performed this HIPEC surgery successfully, and this made me belive that HIPEC is the only hope we have left. I don't know what to do anymore and how to help him! He gets continuous abdomen pain, like a bloating pain with nausea all the time, and only IV pain meds help for a short time before he needs to receive more.
Now he (we) in the hospital for a week already treating a PNA. Still very confused about everything is going on! Our last hope is Holistic Family Medicine with Dr.Thomas Cowan here in San Francisco. Tomorrow we have a phone appointment to discuss my boyfriend diagnosis and plan of care. The reason why did we choose holistic route is simply because the traditional medicine is "closed" for us!
Here is the link below, do your own search and I am pretty sure you will be able to find same clinic in your area.

http://fourfoldhealing.com/
Please keep in touch,
Rita

shanu kylm
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2013-01-19

my father he is 53 years old.2 months before he has affected a pain in his stomach, but he did not care about that.laterly the pain has over come.At that time he went to a hospital and he diagnosed his stomach cancer.the doctors said no hope for recovering.now only chemo is possible and it is the 4th stage of cancer.now the chemo was started after the 1st chemo 10or15 days no problems has occured but after the 15th day he has affected more pain.doctors says that large amount of fluid inside the stomach cavity.peoples any body tell about the disease and any HOPE?

OCTOMAN
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Joined: Jul 2009

just to say 7 years ago I was diagnoesed with stomach cancer which had spread to my liver and kidneys,so no surgery possible or radiation either.My cancers do not respond to it.so chemo was the only option.But Ilive in England where treatment is free,so long waiting lists. So I too went to the immune system,fruit,exersize and no meat but I also went for no stress and plenty of relaxation I must not get tense,lose my temper,get angry,ect.after 2 years no chemo I had a PET scan(The travelling PET scan,was in a big van) had arrived in my town the scan showed the liver and kidney cancers were dormant but my stomach cancer was still active.So had immune system boosting worked,or was the surgeon's opinion I had liver and kidney cancers wrong that my late diagnoses meant the cancer had spread? (I had my first symtoms 12years ago and a barium meal and x-ray test,the diagnoses was I did not show a cancer only inflamation.I went on for heart tests then they found my heart was in great shape.Psychological tests.Any way,this is my experience,make of it what you will.Did you know they are working on a vaccine for cancer treatment that would help the immune system PS They wanted to remove my stomach and investigate my liver,after the PET scan result.But I would only agree to the cancer removal, they did not agree to that. They believed in maximum treatment.They have lost a lot of court cases through under treatment. by the way I will be eighty next year.I presume.

Tonia11
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Joined: Jan 2009

My husband seems to be in the same boat. He has advanced stomach cancer and surgery is not an option. His first round of chemo did not work nor did radiation. He's on his second round of chemo now. So do you still have the stomach tumor? Mets to the liver and lungs were found on his last CT. We were trying to change his diet but he was losing so much weight so fast we had to add some fat to his diet. His weight has stablized a bit so we are going to try adjusting his diet. He does walk every night. Sometimes he gets so winded but he keeps pushing on. By the way, my husband is only 38 yrs old. Your story is very inspiring.

OCTOMAN
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Joined: Jul 2009

Tonia11 I still have an active cancer I have not lost any weight.I do take a body bulk drink instead of coffee or tea, since I found I had cancer I also play golf every day,so I do a lot of walking I have a peddle machine and a bouncy ball which I use whilst watching TV.Exersize gives my body a boost,I never had chemo,since they discovered my liver and kidneys were clear they will not give it to me. Stomach removal is my only option. I told the surgeon I would rather fight cancer on a full stomach.I have no medication,except iron tablets for blood loss I wish you all the luck,I have had with fighting cancer.

jenene
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Joined: Oct 2010

My husband is also 38 and just found out he has stage IV cancer which has spread to the liver. He is about to start his first round of chemo tomorrow. It doesn't look good. He is pretty much ready to die which is not good. I have a 3 and 1/2 year old dughter. If you want to ever talk let me know. I live in Washington state.

NicoleMarrero
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Joined: Apr 2011

Hello Jenene, I read your post today and was wondering how your husband was doing now (I see that it has been months since you wrote). My husband, who just turned 35, was diagnosed with Stage IV GastroEsophagal Cancer (GE junction cancer) with metastasis to the liver and lymph nodes. He has had three rounds of FOLFOX chemotherapy, but we won't know how the cancer is responding until he gets another CT Scan, which the oncologist will do after 6 or 8 treatments. I'd like to know what kind of chemo your husband is having and what his response has been. Also, I have an 8 month old baby and a 5 year old, so I understand exactly what you are going through. My heart goes out to you and your family and I pray that this note finds you and the rest of your family well. If you'd like to talk, please write. Take care.

Susan627
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Joined: Apr 2011

My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer in early December 2010 that had spread to the liver. He completed 4 rounds of FOLFOX chemo. Towards the end he ended up in the hospital twice with C-diff colitis, however 2 CT scans were done & an x-ray that showed that the tumor had disappeared as well as the lesions on the liver. A week after being discharged from the hospital the 2nd time he went for a PET scan that also showed that the tumor & lesions on the liver had disappeared, he als went for an endoscopy, same story, tumor is gone. All the doctors are stumped & they do not know how to proceed. They dont know if they should do a partial gastrectomy as a precaution or just monitor him. He will see the surgeon again next week & we will know more then.

idedona
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Joined: Apr 2011

that is great news! is there anything that your father did other than chemo such as change in diet, supplements?
iliana

Susan627
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No, he went about his daily routine. We just found out that they want him to finish the last 2 rounds of chemo which he will start next week. They do not want to do surgery because they don't want to open a can of worms. They will monitor him & send him for tests every 3 months or so. Now it's the fear of the unknown. Will he have a reoccurence. Still very scary.

mantalena
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Joined: Aug 2013

wow did your dad do anything specific apart from the chemo? my husband is in the same boat just finshed 8 chemo treatments and seems to be doing a lot better .he had lost almost 40kg coz he couldnt eat in the beginning but over the past 2 months has managed to put back 12kg and he looks quite healthy now .but all the same till he has his first scan im still worried that the cancer is still there.

idedona
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Joined: Apr 2011

i couldn't help but notice that your husband's cancer is very similar to my brother who also has stomach cancer and who is also 35. please read my post i sent to Rickyc10 on the topic of dormant stomach cancer. it is very important and very imformative.
best wishes
iliana

kamalravi
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Joined: Jun 2011

Hi
just saw your post my husband 40 yesrs only :( is diagnosed with stomach cancer stage4 this year in April. we started his chemo already completed 2 cycles and he got postivite result from first 2 cycles. but chemo is tough on him he is loosing lot of weight. i swa your mention about sending some info to some one else can you share that info with me also. and any help in dielt which can boost his immune system also will also be very very Help full.

Thanks
Kamal

rarph123
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Joined: Jul 2011

Friday I was getting my daily dose of chemo and a lady came into the room and thru. conv. she said she had stomache cancer.The cemo drug she was getting was a dark red solution that is I.V fed @2 or 3 times a week.Rest of the time she takes pill form of chemo.
This is Providence Hosp in Everett WA.This place is one of the newest Cancer Centers in WA. ST.with the latest up to date equip. Take care

katgam
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Joined: Oct 2011

dont ever give up....

find out all you can about his cancer...
is it adenocarcinoma....have you had a biopsy and tested for "Her-2" protein...

Faith....we have been battleing with stage for for 25 months...all things are possible...

learn all you can and stay focued on life...

Prayers for you..

john55
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Joined: Jan 2011

please check into thiS. HIPEC CANCER TREATMENT

toffeeclub
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Joined: Mar 2010

HI
my dad has stage 4 stomach cancer mets liver. Not operable.
did u go through a strict diet? organic food, loads of vegs? my dad has no history of cancer and his bilirubin level was at 200 when first dx in feb2010. he went through 2 cycles of oxalipatin and xelida without rest.
i am also giving B17 apricot kernels.
recent studies also claims that papaya leaves can help shrink n prevent growth of tumor without harming good cells.
i read that in the very early stages of stomach cancer, there is a 96% chance of survivor, if last stages, there is only 5% of survivor. as the cancer often mets to other organs.
my dad's weight has maintained at 74kg. did u use a specific diet plan? juicing etc? silymarin?
am all ears for any alternatives therapies to support the usual chemo.

idedona
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Joined: Apr 2011

try looking into the johanna budwig protocol. that's flaxoil and cottage cheese combined. it creates oxygen into the cells and creates an environment impossible for cancer cells to survive in. many people take this along with chemo.
iliana

idedona
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i'm glad to hear that you are doing well. my brother 34 has stage 4 stomach cancer. i do believe that the body has the power to heal itself naturally. detoxify and boosting your immune system whether it be with Vit C or enzymes is a good thing. i want my brother to live to 80 and so on.
iliana

PVAL
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Joined: Jul 2011

Hi, my husband was diagnosed with stomach cancer stage IV on march of this year, of course surgery was not an option and he was only offered chemo but he doesn't believe in chemo because is very toxic for your body, he is doing an alternative treatment, is called the Gerson Therapy, based on organic food, 13 juices per day and supplements, he was given 3 to 6 months to live without chemo or 12 to 18 months with chemo. I wanted to know how you are doing with your immune system boosting, any improvements on your stomach?
And for anyone else that is reading this, have you heard of the Gerson Therapy? Or what about the Burzynski Clinic? I am trying to find out what is the best option for my husband and this is not an easy choice.
Thank you for any response.

yohab
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Joined: Sep 2011

Hello Octoman,
I hope this finds you. My husband is recently diagnosed with stage 4 Gastric CA. Please respond to my post if you can. I just want to know ho0w you are doing.

Sung78
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I teared reading your post, u r so close in age and diagnosis as my daddy. We found out a few weeks ago and worse, it's spread to mod of his liver - mo chance of surgery. I'm in a state of depression, my dad has always been my best friend. We've been given a maximum time line around 2 years and reading ur post makes me feel better that we really might get that much more time. Best of luck to you ... My dads diet was just like yours previously w tobacco, liquor etc, but neither of you deserved this. ;)

idedona
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Joined: Apr 2011

have you looked into integrated treatments where they use chemo sensitivity testing to see which chemo drug is most effective. they mix conventional and alternative treatments to compliment each other. Germany they do IPT and hyperthermia together and have had very positive results.

iliana

EJM22
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Joined: Apr 2011

my dad is 49, he has stomach (duodenal) cancer and it spread to his liver shortly after. He has been doing chemo for a year now but its only getting worse. a year ago he was given 8-12 months so who knows how long well have!! and yeah my dads diet was similar. alcohol, tobacco, burgers, etc. this is so tough. i dont know how much longer im going to be able to hold up! ill stay strong as long as i have to i suppose. best wishes to you and your father.

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Coach B
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I have gastric cardia cancer and one of my lymph node in stomach is positove and first pet and second pet scan show i have glow my left illiacc lymph node n biipsy show positive n its distance metasyastis and i still don t know what yo do one dr said they will laprovideo my stomach area see how bad n if possible dosurgery removal lymph.node from.my left pelvic and take out most of lymph.nodes andthen.withon two weeks syart chemo.for two.months or two cucle i tji.k then recover then.pey scan if clear then will do surgery.on.my stomach... It s very tough decision for me as stage 4 ... Any suggestion..

Fred
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I had something just short of this, with malignant cells in my abdominal cavity but no grossly visible tumor. I was treated with a new chemo regimen consisting of platinum, taxotere, and 5-fu and later had radiation therapy and surgery (gastrectomy). There was a complete remission of my tumor (and erradication of the malignant cells ) with the chemotherapy. No visible tumor at surgery, but some evidence it had been in 3 lymph nodes. About as good a response as one could hope for. Ask your brother specifically to ask his doctor about that chemo regimen.

amandastam
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if there was no VISIBLE tumor, may i ask HOW the doctors diagnosed you ? i mean, with what method did they use to diagnose you? what symtoms did you have that made you go to the doctor? i can NOT get my doctor to take me seriously or give me any kind of catscan or anything else. i have symptoms, like, bloating after meals, feeling like throwing up, tired all the time, stomach discomfort......etc... but the doctor just says i have heartburn w/o running any test!

mtw40
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In my original diagnosis, I ended up seeing a gastro doctor. I had ulcers and they did an endoscopy and a biopsy. That found the cancer. Don't give up. The doctors wouldn't take me seriously either. They were saying gallbladder, food poisoning, etc. The earlier it is caught, the better. Hopefully you are ok.

Michelle1429
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Joined: Jan 2010

Hello. The symptoms that you're having sound exactly like what my mom was going through. She started feeling them in May of 09. She went to the hospital & they x-rayed her abdomin & said that she was constipated & sent her home with stool softeners. With that said, they shouldve referred her to a gastrologist.

Towards the end of Nov, she began to feel bloated even more so she scheduled a Dr's appt on Dec 3. On Dec 4, her Dr called her back & told her to rush to the emergency room because 82% of her kidneys had failed. So she immediately went to the emrgency room. They were stomped as to why a healty 62 year old woman with absolutely no history of any health problems in her GENERATION would fall so i'll. The ER Dr did a routine abdominal exan & he found a large mass in there. They decided that the "drainage tubes" from her kidneys to her bladder had failed & that's why she was so bloated. They didn't know why so they placed stints in them. oddly enough, 1 of the stinks literally fell out so they decided to do a CT scan. After running CT & PET scans, xrays, ultrasounds, biopsies etc,.

It was just discovered (just 2 days ago) that she has stage 4 stomach cancer in her stomach, it has spread to some lymph nodes, they found it in her spine by her neck & a tumor so large that's pressing against her kidneys & intestines in which is preventing her from urinating & having a bm.

They want to start chemo asap but we are trying a natural approach. Ever heard of B17 (aka Leatril)? Probably not, but its a natural cure to cancer.

My advice, get 2 or 3 opinions!! If your Dr is not taking you seriously, go see a Gastrologist...they'll find it if its there.

God bless... I will say a prayer for you.

reflorecer
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My husband was diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer this April, had his stomach removed 2 days later, and is now on 2nd round of 8 chemo treatments, to be followed, most likely, by radiation. We are also looking for survivors and also want to know any dietary or other tips or stories from survivors. My husband is 46 and our son is 9. Is your brother also receiving chemo, post-gastrectomy?

We get much well-meaning advice from friends, but nobody has any experience with stage IV stomach cancer and we strongly share your desire for stories from experience and any research-based confirmation of dietary or other ways to improve the prognosis. I've heard about black cummin seed and about kombucha tea but not fom anybody with research-based or direct knowledge of stage IV stomach cancer. The advice to eat fresh fruits and vegetables seems so logical, but my husband's doctors advise cooking any but the softest fruits (so he's eating only melon, avocado, and papaya fresh). They also want him to eat lots of protein and carbs--frustrating advice, because they've also said he should avoid beans and other high-fiber non-meat sources of protein. He wants to eat lentils, but we can't get anyone even to advise us on that! One doctor has said to replace most lactose-containing foods with soymilk or tofu, but we have had little consistency in dietary advice even from medical professionals.

Our online access is away from home, but I hope we can be in touch. Neither my husband nor I has used a chat room before, so we may need tips on "netiquette": Do we exchange emails or usernames, or how should we proceed? Does your brother know English? (or Spanish?) and want to communicate directly with my husband? I wish your brother well and hope we can continue to talk and learn from each others' and others' experiences!

Michelle1429
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Fist off, I hope this finds you & your family in good health & spirit.

I just joined today & was trying to get personal opinions... I just wanted to share with you some things that I found interesting. My mother was just diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer... We just started her on a B17 diet. You can youtube it to find more about it. I strongly recommend even for you & your children (if you have any)... Buy organic apricots... Take the kernal off of the seed & eat the seed. Its high in B17. B17 is the natural cancer fighter that is in a lot of fruits but if grown in chemicals made to speed the process up & enlarge the fruit as it grows, the chemicals kills the natural B17. B17 is made to stabilze those cancer cells that we all have. A lot of our fruits lack it because of the chemicals. Also try peach & apple seeds. They MUST be organic.

I hope this helps.

God bless!!!

poornima
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Hey I read your post about your mother and how she is on the B17 diet. I just wanted to know how that went for you? Did it help her? What were her results? Someone very close to me has been diagnosed with the same type of cancer and this diet seems very interesting and helpful. I'd appreciate any kind of information you can give. Thank you soo much!

God bless
Poornima

poornima
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Hey I read your post about your mother and how she is on the B17 diet. I just wanted to know how that went for you? Did it help her? What were her results? Someone very close to me has been diagnosed with the same type of cancer and this diet seems very interesting and helpful. I'd appreciate any kind of information you can give. Thank you soo much!

God bless
Poornima

TrudiB
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HI, my mother in law was recently disgnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer, which has spread to her liver, doctors realized that she has spot on cancer cells on her liver. she currently has swallowing issues therefore she cannot eat through her mouth, she had a tube inserted in her small intestine to build her system back up in hopes that she will be able to undergo chemotherapy to shrink some of the cells and then do surgey. the doctors however does not know at this point if chemotherapy will be able to help her and they fear that the amount of time it will take to rebuild her system to even do chemo or surgery will be too long and the disease would have grown rapidly and beyond the point of any help. i am seeking some form of advice for my family, some survial rates, some information of what we can so to expedite the process, so she can get some form of treatment. i am in need of immediate help.

thanks

goberttike183
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Hi, one of my friends has the same cancer, at the same stage Two years ago, he was diagnosed as stomach cancer. Now he is very fine. Help your mom get better.

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rnicolosi
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Good morning. My mom was recently diagnosed with cancer of the peritoneum. After many months of testing, not eating or drinking, they decided to remove her gall bladder. When they opened her up, they found cancerous cells in her abdominal cavity. She will have her fourth chemo treatment in a week and may be done after that. Her bloodwork all comes back looking good. The chemo is taking its toll on her. She is very depressed and listless. I was wondering if anyone has any advice as to how to deal with this? I cannot imagine how she feels, only someone with this diagnosis can understand. I feel helpless, like I should be doing more. I feel there are so many more options out there. She lives in a small town where they are not up on the most recent technology and advancements. She doesn't want to get a second opinion and have to go through more testing. She even refuses to check out this website and get more info or talk to someone. Her oncologist recommended she see a therapist and she said she would but hasn't done anything about it.

Her oncologist told us that it's terminal but hasn't told my mom that. The testing did not find any tumors or masses anywhere else so I don't understand how it can be terminal. Can't the chemo kill the cells and put her into remission?

Thank you for listening and any advice you can offer. And God bless all of you who are going through this.

Robbin

DJ
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Joined: Mar 2009

I was diagnosed with stomach cancer, but when they did a loproscopy they found cancer cells had gone thru the stomach wall and were in the peritoneal cavity. I had a year of chemo, then another laproscopy and the cells on the peritoneal were gone. I immediately under went complete stomach removal. That was four months ago so I am new at this and also anxous to hear from people who have gone thru the same procedure. I have communicated with a 75 year old woman who had stomach cancer and had her stomach removed when she was 45. Just think how technology and medicine have improved in the last 30 years. There is hope for stomach cancer patients. I wish your Mom good luck and think positive.
DJ

chrischeca
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Joined: May 2009

Hi DJ,

I was diagnosed in Sep 08 with a carcinoma on my stomach, they also did a laparoscopy and found that the tumor had penetrated the wall of the stomach and was spread to the peritoneal cavity. I have been in chemo treatment for 7 months now and I still have hopefully another month or two of chemo. I have had 10 cycles of which 9 were with the same dose EOX (Epirubisin, Oxiplatinin and Xeloda) plus avastin. The 10th one was only the Avastin and continue with the Xeloda on a lower dose. I have been getting them every 3 weeks. I have another 2 to go with the reduced dose and then a CAT Scan. If the CAT Scan looks positive they will do another laparoscopy to see if the cells on the peritoneal are gone. After doing that, they will consider surgery or another alternative. Your story gives me a lot of hope since it appears we have the same diagnostic and now I know someone that was able to eliminate the cancer cells in the peritoneal cavity.
I am originally from Mexico, just turned 40 and have a lovely wife and 3 beautifull children (8, 5 and 3). I am undergoing my treatment in Memorial Sloan in New York. Please keep in touch to see how are you doing. I wish you all the luck and remember that you will live for a very long period of time. If you have additional information that you would like to share with me please do so.
Christian.

Tonia11
Posts: 57
Joined: Jan 2009

Hi Christian, my husband has stomach cancer too. He couldn't have surgery because the cancer had spread to some lymph nodes. He had 3 rounds of chemo but the chemo had no effect and the tumor even grew a bit. He begin his 1st of 30 radiation treatments on Monday. He is 38 yo and we have 2 boys. I'm really hoping the radiation helps and he still can have surgery.

Lilllly
Posts: 16
Joined: May 2009

My dad was diagnosed with Stage I and then they found a spot of cancer in a lymph node and instantly made it stage IV. As soon as they found the spot on the lymph node they went in and removed it (small incision). He finished his treatment plan and had to practically beg for surgery. Now, a year later, just two weeks ago he was declared cancer free. It does happen, there are chances and miracles out there. Keep the faith and support. Stay strong.

Lilllly
Posts: 16
Joined: May 2009

I feel it is important to follow up to my original post. I lost my father this past February after his cancer returned and spread. We had a few months of him being cancer free, and the hope that the surgery and treatment and doctors gave us during his battle made all the difference in the world. To those that feel discouraged: My dad survived 3 years after diagnosis. Apparently statistics show only 15% survive past 6 months. I still believe in miracles despite everything, because there were small blessings we had, and I appreciate every one of them. Hold strong. Cancer can try to take a body but it will never take your love.

liveinhope
Posts: 83
Joined: Mar 2010

Dear Lilllly,sorry to hear about your father.My son is a year and 10 months from his diagnosis and I too am grateful for every moment we have together.He has a regular job,plays badminton and goes on holidays;looking at him you could not imagine what he has been through.

BB68
Posts: 3
Joined: May 2011

Dear Liveinhope, does your son have any intestinal pains after eating? My mom is a little more than 2 years after the gastrectomy surgery and is now complaining that the food she eats forms a ball that she feels painfully going through the intestines. And she is losing apetite and pounds. And such exparience?

liveinhope
Posts: 83
Joined: Mar 2010

Dear BB68,my son has no such symptoms.If your mother's scans are normal and there are no signs of a recurrence you could ask your doctors whether there is a chance of adhesions and sub-acute intestinal obstruction. Be at them till you get an answer.Meanwhile try grazing:small quantities of well cooked semi-solid food very frequently.

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