Apr 13, 2008 - 10:40 am
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