Lung Cancer Metastasis To Stomach

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Lung Cancer Metastasis To Stomach

by generic613 on Fri Oct 23, 2009 05:47 PM

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Hi, my question has to do with my father in law who has just been diagnosed with lung cancer with metastasis to the stomach.  He had prostate cancer about 2 years ago, was treated with radiation, and went into remission.  Now he has stomach & lung cancers.  My question is whether a possible treatment would be removal of his stomach and the affected lung.  Would surgery to remove his stomach (all or a portion of it) and a lung be an option for treatment?  He's 70 and I don't think he'll be able to tolerate chemo and I don't know whether he can have any more radiation.

Thanks

RE: Lung Cancer Metastasis To Stomach

by nevah on Sun Oct 25, 2009 02:59 AM

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On Oct 23, 2009 5:47 PM generic613 wrote:

Hi, my question has to do with my father in law who has just been diagnosed with lung cancer with metastasis to the stomach.  He had prostate cancer about 2 years ago, was treated with radiation, and went into remission.  Now he has stomach & lung cancers.  My question is whether a possible treatment would be removal of his stomach and the affected lung.  Would surgery to remove his stomach (all or a portion of it) and a lung be an option for treatment?  He's 70 and I don't think he'll be able to tolerate chemo and I don't know whether he can have any more radiation.

Thanks

When the cancer has spread, the standard of care is to treat with something like Tarceva or other chemos.   They must treat the whole body, because they never know where it has spread.  There could be little spots ready to flare up and you can't take a chemo treatment while recovering from a useless surgery.  Believe me, I wanted them to cut my lung cancer out, but it had already spread to my back and the said that was a nonstarter.  There are many drugs to take to manage the Stage IV lung cancer and they don't necessarily have to be too hard on the body.   A good oncologist knows how to work with them.  You can read here of some people going 5 years on Tarceva.  It had few side effects for me.  I'm 66.    Also, you dad will want to eat right, exercise, enjoy himself with things he likes to keep his body healthy enough to withstand the chemo.    My encologist just prescribed 10 weeks, twice a week, of massage by a massage/encology specialist.   She is wonderful and is working toward getting the oxygen to the center of my body which needs strengthening, instead of the the extremeities and besides it feels wonderful, is a great de-stressor.   Stress is definitely not healing.   Really, you dad should be able to manage his cancer if he has the correct treatment.  Are you at a major cancer center where the oncologists have news of all the latest treatment?    Hope some of this helps.  

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