Jun 04, 2013 - 11:09 am
Hi there - am new to this site and discussion forum. I was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer last February at the age of 38. I was given 10-12 months to live. I began chemotherapy in March 2012 and have had 26 treatments to date. I underwent an open hernia repair (the original incision opened) in Feb 2013 and the surgeon noted that my stomach was now "normal" and all signs of metastisis had disappeared. In May 2013, I traveled to MD Anderson for a 2nd opinion - at that time, all biopsies and scans were negative for cancer and they recommended a total gastrectomy; however, they were unable to provide any data to support that the surgery would prolong my life. I am currenlty on a chemo break and will return to Texas again in July to discuss their recommendations and finalize a go-forward treatment plan.
So, the "experts" at Anderson have recommended surgery but my oncologist and surgeon feel that there is no point to the surgery as there is just no data to indicate it would prolong my life given the advanced nature of my cancer initially.