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New here Sister has Signet Ring cell EC/Stomach Cancer

tribaltina
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Joined: Feb 2010

Hi my name is Tina and I have been a peeper on here for some months now. I want to convey my deepest sympathy to everyone who has lost a loved one to this horrible disease.

My baby sister age 35 was diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer in November 2009. She is a stage T3N2M0. It is a very rare signet ring cell type. The week before Christmas they took over half of her stomach and esophagus each and a ton of lymphnoids. Her recovery from surgery has been slow going due to the fact she had lost 60 pounds in about 5 months prior to diagnosis.

She has both J & G feeding tubes still in place and using them and is barely sustaining her weight. She had a stretch done last week and that has helped alot with her being able to eat. Unfortunately she started chemo today ( 5fu & leucovine) unsure for how long, then radiation then more chemo. Or I think that is the plan.

I live in Florida and she is in the midwest so it is hard for me to know the exact facts, but I am trying. I haven't heard of many people who had surgery then chemo, why is that? What can I convey to her about the road ahead?

Thanks for being here and for being so supportive to each other, it is inspirational.

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