Sep 27, 2011 - 10:36 am
I would like to know how other Stage IV patients are being treated and how they are handling treatment. I wonder if we can learn anything from sharing.
My husband was diagnosed with Stage IV in August of 2011 age 45. Has a 5cm tumor at the gi junction. There are multiple enlarged lymph nodes in the paraesophageal region and in the upper abdomen in the gastrohepatic ligament region. Multiple lesions in both lobes of liver.
He started chemo on 8/22/11
On 9/19 he started on Herceptin, from now on to be given on Day 1
Day 4 and 5
After the first treatment my husband was like a new person, he felt much better and was able to eat anything and everything. He has completed 3 treatments and continues to feel good, not great but better than before diagnoses. He has gained back all weight lost. Thank goodness has no pain and hasn't needed to take any pain meds. He hasn't missed a day of work and seems to be in good spirits. He also doesn't look on the internet or ask many questions. He feels that he would perfer not to know any details so as he will be better able to keep positive at all times. With that said he does understand that at any time things can go bad.
Doctor plans to scan after 4th treatment. Treatment would continue for at least 6 months if all goes well. He is being treated by Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC.
If any other stage IV would like to share, I would love to hear from you.