How do lifestyle factors and exposure to environmental substances affect our cancer risk?
by eng00349 on Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:00 AM
by MadMax2008 on Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:00 AM
On 10/26/2008 eng00349 wrote:Hi, My dad has stage 3 stomach cancer and did a total gastrectomy 2.5 weeks ago. He was recovering really well in the hospital and could take soft diet from the 6th-7th day onwards. However, since coming back home about 1.5weeks ago, he cant seem to keep anything down other than oats and milo. Most of the time, he'll vomit liquid after trying any other stuff. We have tried porridge, macaroni, ensure (both liquid and powder forms), fish, pork, fruit juices etc..With all the vomiting, he seems to be getting frustrated n depressed. The fear of nausea is also making him less adventurous in trying new stuff...quite lost on what we should do now..he has lost 18 pounds and counting..The worst part actually is that my dad does not know his cancer diagnosis, which the doctor will be telling him next week..was hoping he can start eating properly or at leasat show improvement to be sufficiently confident of his own recovery before hearing the newsWould appreciate if anyone has any advice to share...thanks in advance!
My dad is having the exact same problem. He had his whole stomach removed 6 weeks ago and the surgery went well and his doctors are optimistic about his out come...the only problem is he can't keep anything down. He has tried everything; ensure, oatmeal, yogurt but nothing seems to work. He doesn't want to eat anymore because he ends up getting sick (vomiting fluid). He is very depressed, frustrated and losing weight really fast. He used to be really phyically fit and being so fraile is making him more depressed.
Please let me know if you find or hear anything and I will do the same.
by Thereishope on Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:00 AM
by eng00349 on Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:00 AM
by Ssc200 on Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:00 AM
by MadMax2008 on Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:00 AM
I spoke to my dad last night and he didn't get sick at all yesterday. He is drinking ensure, it might take him 2 hours to drink one bottle but he is able to keep it down! I told him to keep it up and very slowly introduce other foods once he feels up to it. He has spoken to another stomach cancer survivor and they said that it took them along time to recover but the cancer is gone and they are feeling wonderful. Also make sure that your dad is keeping hydrated. My dad ended up back in the hospital because of dehydration but is okay now.
Don't let the other comment posted discourage you...they just had thier stomach removed so of course it makes sense that eating might be a challenge to some.
I'll keep you posted if we come across any other 'tricks'. My thoughts and prayers for your dad and a speedy recovery.
by LabGuy on Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:00 AM
I had the same problem after my gastrectomy. I took a couple anti-nausea meds, Zofran and Compazine. I would check with the MD about a feeding tube or TPN.
by maraism on Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:00 AM
On 10/27/2008 eng00349 wrote:Hi All, Thanks for all the replies, I think my dad has found the trick to keeping the food down (at least before chemo starts) by going really slowly. He's a rather impatient man who's used to gulping down all his food in the past, but guess it's finally got to him tat he's got to do the extreme opposite now. He ate lots yesterday and even went to help my mum at the store for a few hrs today. Ssc & Thereishope, How does flaxseed and cottage cheese help fight the residual cancer, has anyone tried it successfully? Maybe I'll start introducing bits of these into his diet later on. Also, what would be some signs that indicate that the cancer is back or not completely gotten rid of? Max, Great to hear that your dad is doing fine too! Yup, would appreciate any tricks to share, will do likewise, take care!
My sister had a total gastrectomy 5 weeks ago. She was hospitalized for 3 weeks, but is back in the hospital for dehydration. She is nauseated 24 hours a day. She is still throwing up bile and nothing seems to help for a long period of time. She has been eating very small amounts and drinking small amounts, but she is not throwing up the food, it is foamy or yellowish green bile. Here Dr. is telling her she may have this for the rest of her life???? There is no way sh can live like this. Does anyone have any suggestions???? She also cannot lay flat because the lower part of her esophagus was also removed. Any suggestions on comfortable sleeping arrangements. She is miserable. Any help or suggestions are appreciated. Marais
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