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Has anyone survived stage 4 stomach cancer?

savebrother
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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

liveinhope
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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.

Arriana
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My mother experienced the same thing and is now in hospice after emmergency surgery after waiting for months for the doctors to figure out what was going on with her. She had to be at starvation before her doctors admitted her to the Hospital and hooked up an IV, then a month for them to play around trying to figure out the problem...she couldnt hold food or liquid down since a tumor had formed and blocked her stomach. She had been treated a year ago today for a stomach ulcer rupture and the doctor removed half of her stomach. They said there were only a few cancer cells and did low chemo and rad. as a precos. She was then told after many follow ups that there was no sign of the stomach cancer and was cancer free. I now understand there is no such thing as cancer free. The doctors say we misunderstand what they mean by that as they cannot destroy all the cancer.

Almost a year after surgery she kept losing weight and complained that she couldn't hold anything down and was getting worried. Her doctors did scans and tests and said her stomach was blocked to take theswe pills to help her digest her food...and to fast so they could do an endoscopy...how stupid of the doctors since her stomachh was blocked and she hadn't eaten in weeks. She couldn't even keep the pills down. She finally went to the ER where they put an IV in her, then her surgeon found out what was going on, and had her admitted to the hospital where she waited weeks for them to figure out what to do. They finally sent her to Tampa to a cancer center, that also kept her for a week before doing anything. During an endocsopy they found the cancer in the stomach and then she became critically during the endoscopy procedure and they had to do emergency op. She had a section of her colon removed, but they left the cancer in her stomach. She is 82. They said there is no such thing as being cancer free, and once she had gone through Chemo and Rad., the doctors cannot detect the cancer through scans unless they are highly trained, and that it had now spread around the outside of her stomach that they would no longer touch her as surgery is now no longer a treatment they will do for her...but if she had caught it sooner...when she had more strenght and it hadn't led to the Em. Surgery...she could have been treated with more rad and chemo. ????? Lookinbg at stomach cancer info on the web...it should have been very easy for the doctors to figure out what was going on with her months ago.

So...get second opinions, do not beleive everything yuou are told, check on the internet yourself about the cancer and stages...and find a doctor who will not dismiss your complaints...and let the doctors come to their own conclusions without providing them info from any previous doctor exceept the diagnosis of cancer, and then compare that info. But please have her checked at a cancer center...it sounds like a tumor has formed. Also read about veg and fruit jiuces that atack cancer and build strenght in the healthy cells.

sweetpea7
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My husband was diagnosed 1 yr ago with adnocarcinoma of the stomach he was told it was inoperable. 4 months after the chemo they did a lap and found it had spread. It has been a year a we are trying to find out if he could have the surgery. Were you able to have it and how did you do?

SunnyD961
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Hello. I am a 25-year-old Black female. I didn't know why I was sick at the time, but I was 23 years old, and I wasn't actually diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer until after my 24th birthday, mental and emotional toll, and a partial-gastrectomy in Feb. 2008. I started chemotherapy soon after surgery for 6 months finishing in Aug. 2008. Not even a month after my last cycle I was having symptoms again, and by Sept. I couldn't take it anymore. I knew why I was in pain, not having an appetite, getting bloated, and wanting to vomit. My heart told me my cancer was coming back. As of Sept. 2008, I am currently battling stomach cancer again. I will continue to go through every drug there is until there is no more, as long as I have more time with my family. My 3 year old son needs his mother around as long as I can be. As long as my Lord allows me to be here. I am going to fight until the end for my son, and my husband. Yes, there will be pain along the way. I am willing to bear it. Whoever said life's experiences would be easy and painless?

I have been through too much death in my short life to allow an invasion of my body to take me to my deathbed lying down. Never. My father died when I was 3 months old, my brother at 14 yrs., my step-father at 16 yrs., my mother at 21 yrs. and my grandmother (her mother) at 22 yrs. old. Not to mention, other uncles and aunts, cousins and friends along the way. I shouldn't be afraid of death by now, but I am scared shitless. lol I should hate the world and everyone in it, but I don't. I should have given up long before I was stricken with cancer, but I haven't. I'm not going to.

You tell your brother to fight for all he is worth. It will never be easy or painless all the time, but to have another moment with his children, nieces and nephews, parents, siblings, and friends. Maybe one day they will find a cure for us, and maybe not. He shouldn't allow today's drug pharmaceuticals predict his outcome tomorrow. Medicine has made huge strides over the years, and I don't think it will ever stop. So why should he? There is always someone worse off than you. Keep living and keep fighting.

mtw40
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Thank you for your words of support and my prayers are with you. I am 55 and recently was diagnosed with a recurrence of stomach cancer stage 4. I had it 4 yrs. ago - had the partial gastrectomy, radiation, chemo, etc. I thought I had beat it. This was a shock and I am having a hard time dealing with this again. Your words have given me hope. I wish you well.

kat26
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Hello

I am a 26 year old white female from England. Last year at 25 i was also diagnosed with stomach cancer and have had my stomach and spleen removed. I had five weeks of radiotherapy and 3 cycles of chemo (i lost too much weight to finish the planned fourth one). My uncle died at 27 of it and my aunt in her 60's. My mum had it also and had a partial gastrectomy and chemo in 2007. Did you have any family history of stomach cancer? do you know if you had the h pylori infection? did they give you any indication of why you might have got it so young? i started out just with the odd bit of food poisoning, or so i thought, about two years ago, then i started getting a pain in my chest and bloating when i ate. I told my doctor about it and he sent me for an endoscopy due to my family history. The doctors from the endoscopy told me it was only ulcers and gave me ulcer tablets. I took those and went back two months later and they told me the ulcers should have healed and discharged me! they said it wasn't standard to check with another endoscopy and i definitely didn't have cancer etc. Months went by and i got really ill, could barely eat anything without throwing up and was getting severe acid reflux etc. They then put camera down me again and said could see slight blockage but no cancer in biopsies etc. It was only when i got so ill one day that i got in touch with my mums cancer surgeon. He sent me for urgent PET scan and then called me in to be operated on the next week. When they operated they found tumour was actually in the stomach walls and whole stomach had to go. It had also just touched my spleen so they took that out too. It hadn't spread to lymphs but due to spleen it is a grade 4. He was furious and couldn't believe i hadn't been taken serioulsy from the very beginning with my family history. I always ate my five a day of fruit and veg, never smoked or touched drugs and excercised reguarly.

I really hope you are doing well and keep fighting, my prayers are with you. This is such a tough disease but the fact we are still here fighting says alot xx

kat26
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HelloI am a 26 year old
Hello

I am a 26 year old white female from England. Last year at 25 i was also diagnosed with stomach cancer and have had my stomach and spleen removed. I had five weeks of radiotherapy and 3 cycles of chemo (i lost too much weight to finish the planned fourth one). My uncle died at 27 of it and my aunt in her 60's. My mum had it also and had a partial gastrectomy and chemo in 2007. Did you have any family history of stomach cancer? do you know if you had the h pylori infection? did they give you any indication of why you might have got it so young? i started out just with the odd bit of food poisoning, or so i thought, about two years ago, then i started getting a pain in my chest and bloating when i ate. I told my doctor about it and he sent me for an endoscopy due to my family history. The doctors from the endoscopy told me it was only ulcers and gave me ulcer tablets. I took those and went back two months later and they told me the ulcers should have healed and discharged me! they said it wasn't standard to check with another endoscopy and i definitely didn't have cancer etc. Months went by and i got really ill, could barely eat anything without throwing up and was getting severe acid reflux etc. They then put camera down me again and said could see slight blockage but no cancer in biopsies etc. It was only when i got so ill one day that i got in touch with my mums cancer surgeon. He sent me for urgent PET scan and then called me in to be operated on the next week. When they operated they found tumour was actually in the stomach walls and whole stomach had to go. It had also just touched my spleen so they took that out too. It hadn't spread to lymphs but due to spleen it is a grade 4. He was furious and couldn't believe i hadn't been taken serioulsy from the very beginning with my family history. I always ate my five a day of fruit and veg, never smoked or touched drugs and excercised reguarly.

I really hope you are doing well and keep fighting, my prayers are with you. This is such a tough disease but the fact we are still here fighting says alot. I have been through some dark days hating the world thinking why did i deserve this but i am trying to keep my faith. Really hope you are coping ok and would be great to hear from you xx

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kitten0385
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Kat26,
I am a 24 year old that was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in October of 2008, I just finished chemo last week and will have a CT scan to check everything next week. The cancer was in part of my stomach, so I had surgery to remove my entire esophagus and a third of my stomach. I was diagnosed with ulcers my senior year of high school, and also with h. pylori. Interesting. The reason the cancer was found several years later was because my food was getting stuck when I swallowed, I was sent in for an endoscopy and had surgery a week later. I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer, as it was in a couple of my lymph nodes but had not spread to any other organs. I had 5 weeks of radiation and four rounds of chemo, lasting 3 weeks each. Also, I never smoked, rarely had a drink, and was also healthy and exercised. I hope you are doing well and it was great to read your story!!
Cathy

kat26
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Hi Cathy

Thanks so much for your reply and i am so sorry to hear of what you have been through. I hope you are still recovering well and your treatment is sucessful. How is it going? it would be great to keep in touch. Did you ever look into genetic testing for your family? x

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kitten0385
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I am doing well as of now!! I go in a couple weeks for another CT scan, so I will know more then. We are going on vacation in a week, and am just enjoying life with my husband right now, so I would say things are going very well. How are things for you?? I have not done any genetic testing, but discussed it briefly with my oncologist, haven't done much else with it though. My e-mail is kitten0385@gmail.com if you ever want to e-mail me. I usually check it daily!

Cathy

Michelle1429
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Hello,

I hope this finds you in good health & spirit.

I'd like to suggest a few things to help you overcome this obstacle iin your life. I know that it might not seem much & may not be the answer but please try including this in your daily diet.

Buy ORGANIC apricots. After eating, break open the she'll & eat the seed. It MUST organic. You can youtube "the world without cancer" and do a little research. I promise that it can't hurt to try.

I stronly believe that He wouldn't put things before us that we cannot handle. He made the fruits of this earth. The apricot seed is enriched with vitamin B17. In my opinion, this is Gods cure for cancer. We believe in God & the passages in the Bible. Doctors play God & believe in their meidical book...the one with all of the medications to choose from.

Google B17 & see for yourself. My mom was just diagnosed with stage 4 in her stomach. We are treating her naturally. She refuses otherwise.

I truely do apologize for bothering you but I want people with cancer to know their options.

At least try the apricot seed.

God Bless!!!

poornima
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Joined: Apr 2011

Hey
I read your post about your mom only using natural ways to treat herself and the apricot seeds. Someone very close to me has been diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer too and it has spread to their lymph nodes. I'm just wondering if this Vitamin B17 diet is helping you're mom and how it affected her health. Please let me know what you can. It will be greatly appreciated.

God Bless,
Poornima

Jesdream
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Joined: Sep 2010

Hello My Sister

My mother has stage 4 cancer and may not have that much longer to live only by the grace of God. See if this helps. Get a juicer and juice 9 glasses of carrot juice a day and juice some greens, berries, and tomatos. This should help you fight the Cancer better than the medicine. My friend had stage 3 cancer and it was gone by just eating healthy and juicing. Get alot of protein in your system. I pray God would heal you and use as a testimony to other people. By JESUS strips you are healed, we clain this in JESUS name AMEN!!! My prayer are with you.

zukiness
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My 32y/o sister was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with stage 4 stomach cancer, mets to the lymph nodes. She had been admitted to a hospital 6 weeks ago with symptoms of pancreatitis and had her gall bladder removed. After release from the hospital, she was still miserable, vomiting and in extreme pain. Ultrasound, mri, ct scan and colonoscopy found nothing. It was the endoscope that found a large tumor growing on the left side. It is pushing into her lungs and back, causing unbearable pain. She cannot keep down 95% of liquids or foods, but the size of the tumor makes her appear like she's very well fed. She has no history of smoking, drinking or drug use. She has 2 young sons and a very supportive, loving and overwhelmed husband. She saw the oncologist yesterday and he wants to run additional scans and tests before starting chemo. She is scheduled to have a port put into her chest and chemo treatments started within 2 weeks. We live 750 miles apart, and I have my own medical problems so it's proving to be difficult to be with her as much as I feel I need to. My 2 children and I just got drove home yesterday from being there for 5 days. I'm going thru the emotions of shock, anger, sadness, denial.... in such vicious cycles.
I guess I just wanted to jump on here after reading what everyone else was going thru and get acquainted.
My baby sister is just physically and emotionally broken and seeing her hooked up to oxygen and in so much pain was unbearable. It doesn't look good, statistically, but I can see from some of the above posts that this evil disease is treatable and beatable. I just pray that my sis has some fight left in her. It all happened so suddenly and the diagnosis was completely unexpected as she never has had anything more serious that strep throat in her entire life.
Thank you for reading my story. I don't have a lot of details but will update and check back on here regularly. I pray that everyone is feeling okay and experiencing miracles in their lives.

Comali
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My name is Connie and last june 28 I found out that I have stomach cancer. I did laparoscopy yesterday, nothing out the stomach wall. I will have surgery 11/11/11. I did already 3 cicle of chemio and after surgery i will do 3 more. How are your sister doing? I know how hard it is, sometimes I feel tottaly lost, no hope at all, my family and friends give all the support i need but it is difficult sometimes. I have 3 childrens, the youngest is 8 y.o It has been tough in everybody.
My prayers for you, your sister and your family .Connie

liveinhope
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Hi Connie,I was glad to read your 2nd mail which says the tumour is limited to the stomach.That really really makes your situation much brighter.And that's where my son at 30 was in August 09.He had his stomach resection 2 years ago and is doing well.He is now gradually able to eat larger portions and has started putting on weight.
You have so much to live for.Give this disease a good fight.Try and get in as much food as possible before surgery.Also learn to eat very frequently-round the clock if possible for that's what you will have to do ahead.All the very best to you.Keep your spirits up.We are all there for you.Love
Nisha

sangitat
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I found out about my stomach cancer on 9/19/11. went through a lot of test after that all negative except for the biopsy taken from stomach lining. Now i am at stage 3 and started my treatment of 3 cycles of chemo, surgery and chemo. I just did 1 cycle of chemo , started 2nd cycle last Monday. If anybody has experience about this, could you please help me.

sangitat
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I found out about my stomach cancer on 9/19/11. went through a lot of test after that all negative except for the biopsy taken from stomach lining. Now i am at stage 3 and started my treatment of 3 cycles of chemo, surgery and chemo. I just did 1 cycle of chemo , started 2nd cycle last Monday. If anybody has experience about this, could you please help me.

redbeard
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i started my treatment April of 2010 it was called the magic treatment developed from japan in which i was told has the highest rate of stomach cancer in the world. my cancer also was stage four esophageal an upper stomach, I had nine weeks of intense kemo with a pump 24/7 this shrunk the tumor that was 8.7 centimeters. after this i had four weeks to build up my strength I then had major surgery. [ Total gastro removal] This was 11 days in hospital then four more weeks to regain strength followed by 9 more weeks of kemo an the pump 24/7. It was a tuff road. Get more than one opionion, I was told by the first 2 doctors i had less than 6 months an was an eyelash away from hospice but the third doctor did a few more tests and we started treatment. I eat an go to the bathroom just like normal, I get tested now every six months an so far so good, still cancer free. I live in Grovetown Ga an my doctor is Brent linbaugh from university hospital in Augusta Ga. I'll be glad to talk by phone, email if i can help you with any information. eyassney@yahoo.com call at 7067992961 an remember God is good with him all things are possible

redbeard
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i started my treatment April of 2010 it was called the magic treatment developed from japan in which i was told has the highest rate of stomach cancer in the world. my cancer also was stage four esophageal an upper stomach, I had nine weeks of intense kemo with a pump 24/7 this shrunk the tumor that was 8.7 centimeters. after this i had four weeks to build up my strength I then had major surgery. [ Total gastro removal] This was 11 days in hospital then four more weeks to regain strength followed by 9 more weeks of kemo an the pump 24/7. It was a tuff road. Get more than one opionion, I was told by the first 2 doctors i had less than 6 months an was an eyelash away from hospice but the third doctor did a few more tests and we started treatment. I eat an go to the bathroom just like normal, I get tested now every six months an so far so good, still cancer free. I live in Grovetown Ga an my doctor is Brent linbaugh from university hospital in Augusta Ga. I'll be glad to talk by phone, email if i can help you with any information. eyassney@yahoo.com call at 7067992961 an remember God is good with him all things are possible

yohab
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Hello Zukiness,
My husband was also diagnosed with stage 4 gastric CA with mets to the lymph nodes, liver and lungs about 4 weeks ago. He is only 40 yrs old and we have 2 girls, 6 and 4 yrs old. He had his first round of chemo last week and he has been sick to his stomach all the time and cant keep anything down. What is your sister's experience with her Chemo and how is she handling the side effects. And how is she doing now? I would be very greatful if you can respond to this.

OCTOMAN
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Yes I have survived stomach cancer for seven years I am eighty next years I always relate my age to my goal of living to eighty.psychology,you will need it to survive cancer,funny stuff,your own body attacking it self , Just this evening posted a revue of my experiences user name octoman. I find I should not continue I was up playing golf 14 hours ago if you have cancer do not push your self as I am doing.I will comment again.if you have a query.best wishes from England.

yohab
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Hello Octoman,
My husband who is 40 yrs old was just diagnosed with stage 4 gastric CA. Your post is very encouraging. May I know your experiences about treatments and how are you doing now. Would be very happy to hear from you. Thank you very much.

1309
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Joined: Aug 2009

HI

MY MAM HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE 4 STOMACH CANCER.SHE WAS COMPLAINING FOR EIGHT MONTHS ABOUT STOMACH ACID AND PAIN.SHE EVENTUALLY GOT A SCOPE DONE WITH A LOT OF DOCTORS VISITS.THE HOSPITAL TOLD HER IT WAS STOMACH CANCER AFTER THE SCAN THE TUMOUR WAS IN 50%OF HER STOMACH.THE DOCTORS THEN DECIDED TO DO KEY HOLE SURGERY TO REMOVE 3 NODULES TO TEST FOR CANCER. WE GOT TO TALK TO THE CONSULTANT YESTERDAY AND HE DECIDED TO START CHEMO. I ASKED HIM WHY SHE WAS NOT HAVING SURGERY HE SAID BECAUSE IT WAS IN STAGE 4 AND THE NODULES ARE ON THE BIG BOWEL.I AM VERY CONFUSED UPSET AND SHOCKED SURELY THEY CAN GET SURGERY AND CHEMO THE LIVER AND LUNGS ARE CLEAR IS THEIR HOPE CAN THE CHEMO KILL THE CANCER HOW IS IT AT STAGE 4 CAN ANYONE HELP OR HAD A SIMILIAR EXPERIENCE PLEASE HELP SHE HAS SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR I HAVE A 3 YEAR OLD AND A BABY ON THE WAY AND I REALLY CANT DEAL WITH THISVERY WELL HER APPETITE IS REALLY BAD I FEEL LIKE I AM FORCING FOOD INTO HER SHE NEEDS TO BE STRONG FOR CHEMO

Rhenae
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Get all the protien in her you can i was told i had stage 4 and had an imeadate surgery they took most of my stomach out went 9 months all clear without chemo then ct scan showed new tumors on oviers so more surgery total hysterectomy now doing Xeloda chemo for 6 cycles only in cycle one but in the nine month after surgery i gain 29 pounds i had lost 80 before surgery but any way my oncology doc says i am doing great protien protien any way you can get it special k meal bars have 10 grams in a swmall amount of food hope this helps.

Rhenae
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Get all the protien in her you can i was told i had stage 4 and had an imeadate surgery they took most of my stomach out went 9 months all clear without chemo then ct scan showed new tumors on oviers so more surgery total hysterectomy now doing Xeloda chemo for 6 cycles only in cycle one but in the nine month after surgery i gain 29 pounds i had lost 80 before surgery but any way my oncology doc says i am doing great protien protien any way you can get it special k meal bars have 10 grams in a swmall amount of food hope this helps.

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Tina Blondek
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Hi Rhenae,
I am a caregiver for my dad. He was dx with ec 11/08. The tumor was down at the junction to his stomach. He had 6 wks of radiation and xeloda chemo. Did very well. Tumor shrunk. Now fast forward to December 09. Severe pain in right side, jaundice, had ultrasound, found he had a blocked bile duct in his liver, as well as lesions on his liver. Had a stent put in blocked duct as well as his esophagus. The esophagus was about to close due to scar tissue.
He recently started the xeloda chemo again for the liver cancer. He is having alot more side effects from it this time. Very weak, tired, swollen ankles, dizzy, and some anger outbursts.
Some days he is mad, grouchey, mean and nasty. Yelling at my mom and me. I was just wondering if you had any of these side effects while you were on xeloda. And about the protein, will this help for liver cancer as well? Thanks for listening.
Tina

Rhenae
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Well so far i am the lucky one i am tired very tired so i know this makes bne not as nice as normal but my side evects so far have been very mild mouth is sore and hands and feet hurt alot and are very dry, as far as the portien all i know is my doctor says i need it to build white blood cells and to be able to heal and stay at a good weight, so that we don't have to decrcse the mg;s of xeloda now at 1800 x 2 a day but that is basted on hight and weight.
wish i could be of more help, but try to be patient, i have had to get a lot of help from my family and i am not good at it i have always been the fixer the one who was pretty much in charge and it is hard to realise i am not in control of anything not even my own body it is hard for him too i am sure.
will be praying for your family along with my prayers for me and mine

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Tina Blondek
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Hi Rheane,
Hope this finds you as well as you can be. Hoping the xeloda is working for you, and you are not suffering with any of the side effects. I was writing to tell you that my dad lost his battle with cancer on 3/9/10. This time the xeloda did not do him well. It worked great on the esophageal cancer, but not when it went to his liver. He went down hill from December to March. We respected his wishes, and gave him our blessing. Thanks for being there. Keep in touch.
Tina

Jesdream
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My mother has stage 4 stomach cancer. I had just found out about two months ago and now she is in a special facility where they make you feel comfortable. The doctor says she does not have long to live. I know the pain you are going through with your brother. My mother suffers pain everyday and is fearful about death. A friend of mine that I met a month ago named Anetta told me how she beat stage 3 cancer which was in her arms and breast. She had a lump the size of a golf ball in her breast and the doctor said eventually they would have to operate. The advice another doctor gave her, was to get a juicer and juice 9 glasses of vegetable juice, berries, tomatos, greens and eat healthy. Well Anetta did that and by the time she had to get checked again the cancer in her arms was gone and the lump sized down to a peanut. So the doctor took the lump out and it has been 10 years now and the Cancer has not come back. Also, alot of people all over the world was praying for her. Anetta's father is a preacher. I hope this helps you. Read Psalm 118 and 91 over your brother everyday. I pray that God would heal your brother and stop the pain. See what happens!! God Bless

Sarah1991
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My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 gastric cancer just a few weeks ago. She is 50 and was a very healthy lady with high spirits. She ate well and had a good appetite. But she started having severe indigestion, back pains, and constipation to the point where she wouldn't eat anything for 3 days and feel bloated from even drinking water. We finally went to the hospital and they drained her stomach through NG tube to get an endoscopy and found an occlusion before her duodenum. With extensive scans, bypass, and exploratory surgery, we found it had spread to her small intestine, gallbladder, pancreas, and liver. Because it had spread too much the doctors weren't able to take any of it out. She can now eat since they did a bypass of her stomach but has trouble eating anything not in liquid form. We're still in shock how someone who was so healthy just few weeks back now has stage 4 cancer..We've been trying to juice every vegetable and making her drink it, but her stomach doesn't allow digestion easily. She gets nauseous and feels very weak. She will be starting chemotherapy soon so she's trying to get stronger but her stomach won't allow her to do so. We're praying everyday for a miracle. I heard a lot of good things about b17, but the powder form is illegal in the states and its natural form is found in a lot of seeds which my mom cannot digest well. Please let me know if there are any other powder/liquid forms of b17 that we could give her! My prayer goes out to everyone fighting this battle

yohab
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He Sarrah,
My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer with mets to the lymphnodes, liver and lungs about 4 weeks ago. He had his first chemotherapy treatment last week and he is now vomiting all the time. How is your mother now and what are your experiences on her treatment and how she overcomes the side effects. would be very thankful if you can respond to my post. Thank you. Also, does your mom have a G-tube or J-tube that is used to feed her or is she able to feed orally still?

bflb54
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How are things going now? My husband was diagnosed in February with stage 4 stomach cancer and I am looking for answers. Please let me know how things are going with you.

Thanks

superdad58
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Hi-
Was searching posts and saw yours about your husband from October. We live in Renton,WA Where in Washington state are you? My husband (58 years old)is fighting stage 3 gastric cancer. We just brought him home yesterday from hospital after a total gastrectomy. Cancer had invaded the muscle layer and was found in 6 of 36 lymph nodes. Aggressive chemo to begin 6 weeks post surgery. Would like to support you and your husband during your cancer struggle. How is he doing?

jenene
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My husband has stage IV stomach cancer. He is currently undergoing chemo. We live in Maple Valley, Wa. Very close to you. Maybe somehow we can get together. I'm sure we have similar stories and heartbreaks we can talk about. Unfortunately for my husband surgery is not an option.

superdad58
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Jenene-

I found your post from January 2011 in response to mine. I haven't been on this board since my original post due to complications in my husband's treatment. He has been through hell and I haven't had time to breathe. We live in Maple Valley too! (Renton postal address) My children attend Tahoma schools. Husband is being treated at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Multiple mets to bone just discovered by CT and bone scan on June 27. How is your husband doing?? I would really like to contact you off-line and share information and hope. Don't know the protocol on this board about sharing personal email or phone number. Do you??

superdad58

superdad58
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Joined: Dec 2010

Jenene -

Looks like others have left phone numbers here. You can call or text me at: (206) 849-3959 or email: kazemi10@comcast.net

We live in Maple Valley about 10 minutes away from Shadow Lake Elementary. My husband now in stage 4 after discovery of multiple bone mets. Would really like for you to contact me.

superdad58

Comali
Posts: 2
Joined: Sep 2011

I found out that I have stomach cancer last june. I am 45 y.o. I am still in shock. I finished my third cycle of chemio and next monday i will do Ct scam and the doctors will check if I can have surgery or not. They really do not know exacly my stage but it is between stage 3 or 4. I am from washignton too. I am living here in everett, please let me know how he is doing after surgery. I am very scared about the surgery.

Tannie
Posts: 2
Joined: Dec 2010

Hi Frank,

How is your brother? My dad just diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer, in some lymph nodes & 2 specks on the liver. He was due for total gastrectomy last week. After starting with keyhole & finding the specks on the liver, they did not go ahead with the operation.

We have not really had someone dedicated to my dad. This all started on 23rd December & he has been shipped between hospitals etc. The last thing was the surgeon saying nothing could be done except maybe chemo & he'll refer us to pallative care. (*******).

Now with the break until Tuesday (due to new year), this is when we see a specialist, you can imagine our stress pain anst lack of sleep tears uncertainty questions and so on.

Any help, advice, anything, would be appreciated.

Tanya

vfdelgado
Posts: 2
Joined: Jan 2011

i was diagnose with stomach cancer on sept 11,2009 i was 34 stage 3 on oct 2009 they removed 85% of my stomach and i did chemo for 6 month then they told me i was cancer free in june 2010 then on jan 10 2011 they went in to remove tumor on belly but they found that i had several tumor in remaining of stomach now i need more chem they couldnt take tumor out, now i have stage 4 advance. i dont know what else to do. i have 3 children and new husband and im not ready to leave them i need them they need me. i struggle alot been single mom and difficult relationships. finally i found good man 5 yrs ago and he is god send for heaven he took so care of us and hes still doing it.

jenene
Posts: 40
Joined: Oct 2010

Didn't see this post. Sorry I just posted to the other post. Should have read this first. How old our your kids? Sounds like we are in a similar situation, Although my husband is not a surgical candidate.

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darthpaul
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Joined: Feb 2011

hi my name is paul i was dig. on 09-09-09 lol wow what a lucky number huh , i did 4 different chemo every three weeks for five months , i went from 190lbs to 150 lbs in a month i thought life was over until a started talking to others who have stage 4 cancers , then i made a decission I WANT TO LIVE ! so i fought back my additude changed i became more loving and caring towards others i found a humor that has been a big thing against this diseae of mine , i try to help others everyday , i pray before i get out of bed ( having a god to pray to has been a very big dealfor me ) , i use to play the rocky theme song to motivate me there is so much i can say but my fav. qoutes are ....f*ck cancer .... and chemo is what all the cool kids are doing lol sorry but this is the humor i have to have to fight!!! call me if you need im hear 619-905-5477 or go on to face book and look for paul t legler and ask to add me ...together we can fight this horrible disease!!! , i make my self rewards when i get there like i went to hawaii for my 1 year survior date , at 2 years i am doing it again or take a cruise to alaska ..but this is what i do ! please you are not alone !! we are here for you please contact me on face book . ask your doctor about herceptin it is a antibody that i have been on since my chemo treatments.........god bless all of us

Eric Grush
Posts: 10
Joined: Jan 2011

darthpaul,

I like your attitude. Attitude, faith and humor -- that is a great way to fight this. I was diagnosed with stage IV October 2010. Just added you on facebook.

RandyHillard
Posts: 2
Joined: Mar 2011

Thank you for your comments, Paul. I have friended you on Facebook. I was diagnosed 12/21/2010. Cancer completely resected with partial gastrectomy, but stage 4. Started infusions 1/14/2011. Oxaliplatin plus Herceptin every three weeks. Oral Xeloda daily for two weeks. A week off, then repeat. I know that I am very, very fortunate, having excellent insurance and having an employer who is paying me while I am on six months disability, & getting "state of the art" treatment. I am 59 and in otherwise good health. My wife is supportive. My children are grown and looking after themselves. I am making ends meet financially. My side effects are really not all that bad, some nausea about half the time and some unpleasant tingling in my hands when they get cold. Lots to be happy about.

Still and all, I am feeling a little discouraged just now. I have had three infusions. Six or eight more to go for the oxaliplatin and maybe more for the Herceptin. I live in Michigan and look out every day on the snow, which has been on the ground for months. I tell myself that the snow will eventually melt and that I will eventually finish my initial rounds of chemotherapy, but I am feeling stuck in a bad time warp. Chemotherapy probably increases median survival time from two years to three years, but I am starting to wonder whether or not it is really worth it.

I guess that everybody getting treatment for stage 4 gets into this state of mind from time to time. Any suggestions for getting out of it?

Thank you for all suggestions.

OYONG
Posts: 3
Joined: Mar 2011

hi:

hi... this is Mario Paculdo from Philippines,am 22 years old,fourth year college student at the same time working as an agent. need some advice from you guys.
My mom was diagnose for gastric cancer last January 2011...STAGE 3B last february 2011 and last March 3 2011 it was already STAGE4. we choose not have any surgery being done and instead TUBE JEJENUSTOMY was done, in order for her to eat.. (internal feeding) chemo was not an option either because my mom is 56years old and if we will insist to have the chemo being done the doctors cant guarrantte any good because she lost weight much from 143lbs down to 85 lbs in a spam of 3 months..
were still in shock untill now.. and we dont know what to do...!
Am now searching for apricots seeds,carrot juice,and first vita plus as to what it could help.

i need more suggestions,hope i can get feedback from this site..
Thank you so much.

neverquit
Posts: 221
Joined: Oct 2010

Mario, I am very sorry to hear about your Mom. I know how devastating this type of cancer can be. My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer 6/21/10; he passed away on 1/23/11 at the age of 54 after a courageous fight (they tried 4 different chemo regimens from July through Jan.). He went from 186 pounds (very fit, good eating habits and pretty much a non-smoker) to 123 pounds in a few months. He was showing improvement, but then the cancer got resistant; and this is a very aggressive type of cancer.

Even though he ate pretty well, we changed to mostly organic food when he was diagnosed. We also tried to make sure he ate/drank foods/drinks that were alkalizing rather than acidifying (got the list from his Oncologist as well as on-line). We did fresh juicing at home (carrot/apple/broccoli) and we tried to make sure he ate/drank high (but good) calorie food. Mike would drink a Boost a day (he would have had more but they made him nauseated at times) and he usually finished the evening with ice cream. He stayed away from sugar (used stevia to add sweetness) and switched to sea salt, rather than regular salt. For more calories, he also ate bananas and peanut butter (usually in a vanilla milk shake with his ice cream at night). These are things we read in the Anti-Cancer book as well as information we got from nutritionists.

I hope this helps and I will pray for your Mom. I know it is difficult, but please try to keep your Mom upbeat and fighting this dreadful disease. There have been people who have beaten this beast and that is what she must stay focused on. God bless you and your family.

jangolden
Posts: 3
Joined: Mar 2011

Hello Oyong,
My sister is in the same situation. She cannot eat anything, we just have to give her IV. The doctors at PGH sent her home but she was still strong 4 weeks ago now she is weakening. What hospital is your mom in today? How is the tube jejenustomy done? My sister has NGT(nasal gastric tube) to clean her stomach. Kindly share us what options did they give you about your mom? Thank you and we have to keep the faith until the end.
Take care,
jgolden

OYONG
Posts: 3
Joined: Mar 2011

hi jangolden..you can add me in facebook so we can share some thoughts.
we were in Las Pinas Doctors Hospital last Jan.,we xfer ot Olivarez hospital last feb.,and eventually were now in PGH. pm me first @ fb.thanks!

jangolden
Posts: 3
Joined: Mar 2011

Hello Randy,
Please do not be discouraged. you have better chances than my sister she is 53. The doctors has sent her home after finding that the cancer has spread to her stomach. Her lungs are clear and other organs and yet the doctors set-up an NGT(to clean her stomach) with IV and said that there is nothing that they can do for her. She cannot eat anything, and getting weaker everyday but keeps on hoping that she can be healed. She is now under homeotherapy hospital. Please continue your treatment do it for your family at least.
With love,
jgolden

rohan312
Posts: 2
Joined: Apr 2011

Hi all,

My name is Rohan. My aunt, who is 56 and based out of India has stomach cancer that has metasized to the ovaries. She was diagnosed in October and she had her stomach removed. I am not sure what medication she is taking. Do you have any suggestions?

Would it be possible for her to travel to the US to participate in clinical trials? I have already suggested that she take B17.

Thanks to all of you. I had earlier worked in Drug Delivery with specifics to Chemotherapy. People like you so inspire me to do my research. Two weeks back I lost my supervisor to cancer as well.

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