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vchildbeloved
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Joined: May 2008

Hello, I have a brother-in-law living in southern California that was just diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. I would like some information on the best hospital there for such a cancer. I am a colon cancer survivor living in northern California, but I do not know anything about your area. I really do want him to receive the best of care.

Thanks,
Valerie

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Tina Blondek
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Joined: Nov 2009

Hi Valerie and welcome. I was a caregiver for my dad who passed away from ec with mets to the liver this past March. His tumor was at the end of his esophagus, just above his stomach. Sorry to hear of your brother's news, but it is treatable, and if he can have surgery, that would be even better. I am in Virginia, but there is someone on these discussion boards from CA. His screen name is Heart of Soul. I will contact him and tell him you are looking for a good cancer center in southern Ca. I also have a friend in San Diego, I can ask him as well. We are all a family here, fighting this disease. I will be in touch, and will be praying for you and your brother. Congrats on beating the colon cancer!
Tina

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HeartofSoul
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Joined: Dec 2009

Start with City of Hope in Duarte Calif (20 miles East of Pasadena)

Stomach cancer treatment at City of Hope
http://www.cityofhope.org/patient_care/treatments/stomach-cancer/Pages/default.aspx

Patinet info link
http://www.cityofhope.org/patient_care/become-a-patient/Pages/default.aspx

Patient Care
Become a patient
Contact New Patient Services: 800-826-HOPE (4673) or complete the “Becoming a Patient”
Contact New Patient Services: 800-826-HOPE (4673).

You may also try the center I went to for my treatment of cancer. I highly recommend the medical center and also my medical oncologist, DR Jack Jacoub, who has his office on the campus of Orange Coast Memeorial Medical Center.

Dr Jack Jacoub Profile and contact info
http://www.memorialcare.org/apps/docfinder/provider_detail.cfm?site=O&phys_id=23773

Memorial Care Cancer Institute at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in
Fountain Valley / Huntington Beach.
http://www.memorialcare.org/medical_services/cancer-care/cancer-center-orange-coast.cfm

Other cancer centers are:
Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles
The Burnham Institute, formerly the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation, La Jolla
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles
University of California, Irvine College, Irvine
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

vchildbeloved
Posts: 133
Joined: May 2008

Thank you both, and I will certainly give him this information. I don't know what type of medical coverage he has, but we will see. He's already had surgery and is not waiting for a treatment plan. I just want him to have the best possible care and chance to beat this.

Best wishes to you both.

Valerie

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Tina Blondek
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Joined: Nov 2009

Hey Valerie
Glad we could help! Let us know how he makes out.
Tina

vchildbeloved
Posts: 133
Joined: May 2008

I will let you know. I was told today that he is getting out of the hospital tomorrow. One of my husbands cousins that's there with him told us today that the doctors are saying that chemo won't help him. I don't know the full story until we speak with him tomorrow; but I would like for him to seek out a second opinion. I don't know anything about stomach cancer and the treatments for that. Please help me out. I don't want him to just give up. He was just diagnosed.

Thanks for listening,
Valerie

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HeartofSoul
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Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies that are done with patients who volunteer for them. They are done to get a closer look at promising new treatments or procedures.

If you would like to take part in a clinical trial, you should start by asking your doctor if your clinic or hospital conducts clinical trials.

You can also call our clinical trials matching service for a list of clinical trials that meet your medical needs. You can reach this service at 1-800-303-5691 or on our Web site at http://clinicaltrials.cancer.org.

You can also get a list of current clinical trials by calling the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or by visiting the NCI clinical trials Web site at www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials.

There are requirements you must meet to take part in any clinical trial. If you do qualify for a clinical trial, it is up to you whether or not to enter (enroll in) it.

Clinical trials are one way to get state-of-the art cancer treatment. They are the only way for doctors to learn better methods to treat cancer. Still, they are not right for everyone.

vchildbeloved
Posts: 133
Joined: May 2008

I will definitely share that info with him. I did participate myself in a clinical trial for colon cancer, and is still to this date being monitored by them. (It's been 2 years & 2 months). Great piece of information.

Thank you so much,
Valerie

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