Feb 26, 2014 - 11:05 pm
Jeff, I wanted to make sure you saw this, so am starting a new post. Tagamet is an OTC med that you can pick up at any pharmacy. It's an antacid medication, but for some reason seems to make it difficult for stray cancer cells dislodged during surgery to stick to the surrounding tissues.
I don't understand the mechanism really at all, but there are quite a few Japanese studies, with a large number of participants tracked over several years, in which a significant positive impact on prognosis is seen.
I used it for my last surgery, maybe helped, maybe not, but that was my last surgery, and I had mets that had pretty obviously spread from previous surgeries.
You could start tomorrow (Thursday), make sure they give it to you in the hospital on Friday, and continue to take it for a couple of weeks post-surgery. I did only one week post-surgery, but some people take it for up to a year. Even if you only do it post-surgery, it may still help.
400 mg, 2x per day.
You will probably need to tell your surgeon you want it so he can prescribe it for use in the hospital.
If he wants to see references to the studies, a good overview is here:
I'll pm you too.