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Subtotal Gastrectomy++LIFESPAN??

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Hi to all, I'm a recently diagnosed & operated cancer survivor. (35 y.o.)
On January 11th I was diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma, resulting in a subtotal gastrectomy with y-en-roux reconstruction done on January 17th, the tumor (my son) was cataloged as T4 N1, and will receive chemo and radio herapy in about 6 weeks, this due to my defenses are still too low.
As you can see, i have been out for scarcely 3 months, and although I've done extensive research,and talked with my treating oncologist, I cannot get a straight answer as to HOW LONG should I expect to live.
They've all told me to just go on and take it as it goes, and it sounds Ok, I've done so, and this life experience has truly broadened my horizons, I enjoy things I didn't before, and have a clearer conscioussness of all.
I don't really care if I live 1, 5, 10 or 20 years, I'll take whatever life gives me, and consider myself lucky to live each day after surgery, It's been like a re-birth. I've even fantasized about starting to count my age again!!! I know it may sound ridiculous, but the date I had my tumor surgically removed, has been a milestone.
Still, I would like to know if any of you have any parameters of aproximate lifespan, and also, will be undergoing the installation of a port-a-cath on the next weeks. Do any of you have any experience with such? What's it like, are there any discomforts?
Do you have any tips or reccommendations to minimize chemotherapy & radiation's possible disconforts?
Thanks to all for your time.


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Dear Miquelito
I had my stomach removed and my esophagus replaced with a piece of colon. When I ask my doctor how am I doing in relation to other patients he tells me that everyone's cancer is different. I tell him that if this is so then anything is possible and I can live to 100. I you want to communicate you can reach me at wells-bill@sbcglobal.net
I hope it is going well with you.

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Its been a while since your e-mail was posted hope you are doing well every case of cancer is different. I just met a man that was stageIV 6 years ago and he is cancer free Like one doctor said there are alot of people that are walking around that should be dead and alot of people that are dead that should be walking around Its all in Gods hands My wife was diagnosed in September with stage III gastric and partial gastrectomy esophogectomy Oct 10-07 has been dehydrated vomiting and excessive salivation which makes her gag. Now on chemo with 5fu which as caused diarhea
We are trusting in God to get us thru it

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