May 29, 2010 - 5:35 pm
My 32 year old husband has had years of ulcers and had been tested positive for h. pylori about a year ago. At that time they treated the h. pylori (which is gone, even now) and he had checked out. About 2 months ago he started getting strange cramping one day and it would go away for a few days only to return again.
A week ago he went in and had an endoscopy to check everything out. The doctor saw some minor esophageal inflammation and a spot in his stomach that she biopsied. The biopsy came back showing cancer. The doctor was honestly a bit taken aback, she was skeptical of the spot, but it didn't jump out at her as being cancerous. She pointed it out on the images and referred to is as "small" several times. She honestly didn't seem worried and she said we shouldn't worry about it since it is so small. Yeah...say cancer and then say don't worry about it. That's hard to do.
He has an appointment on June 9th to get an ultrasound and another test which starts with an h and involves a CCK (can't remember the medical name) so that she can see if it has spread or if there is another issue. She said that the spot seems so early she's not convinced that his pain is even from that. Her hunch is that he's having gallbladder or IBS issues.
Regardless, I'm scared. My mom just passed away a year and a half ago from Leukemia and I can't go through this again.
Does this sound hopeful to anyone else? Does it really sound like it may have been caught very early? He has the cramping really bad still, even this morning he was having an impossible time. Sometimes it feels a lot better after he eats (he has even felt completely normal), but sometimes his appetite is completely non-existent. I'm wondering if a lot this cramping is stress-related because he had the endoscopy done and it really did look quite good except for that spot. I can't wait for the ultrasound to be done. I want to know that this little spot is all that we are dealing with.
My husband is extremely healthy. He works out every day and is actually training for weight-lifting competition. He eats clean, drinks protein shakes every day, has never smoked and I could probably count the beers he's had in his lifetime on my fingers. He doesn't like to take even Tylenol, he likes to just wait out headaches and prefers vitamins over anything else. I saw some info on the B17 diet so I'll probably be researching that further since that sounds just like something he would be all for.
Does anyone have any words of advice for me?