Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
by BYL912 on Wed Nov 11, 2009 04:48 PM
This is my first post on this forum and I'm sure that I am not the only one who wishes that forums such such as this did not exist!
I'm posting on behalf of my father whom, I just learned, was diagnosed with stomach cancer during the fall of 2008 following a battle with ulcers. Since, he has had 2 surgeries with the latest in March 2009, where his entire stomach was removed. Post operation, he was doing fine and returned to his regular routines until about a few weeks ago when things turned for the worse. He says that he has fluid collecting in his abdomen and chest region that needs to be pumped out (which requires a hospital stay) and such procedures usually results in 7, 4, or 2 litters of fluid being removed from either the abdomen region or the chest cavity (I'm not sure why). During this time he has also became very weak and unable to walk and has no strength to use his arms to any extent beyong the most minut. His speach has also became slower and quieter. Me being here in the states and him 8000 miles away from me, in Eastern Europe, i'm caught with my hands and feet tied and unable to do to anything at the moment. He claims that doctors say there is no hope.
I did research on this particular type of cancer, as this is my first exposure, but was hoping to get some input on the extent of his condition from someone more knowledgable then I, as I don't have access to his doctors nor to any oncologist.
I'm sorry for this grim message, but I would like to know the fact of the matter as it is, so I can make plans accordingly.
I thank you all very much, in advance, and hope and pray yourselves, your family and friends full and speady recovery.
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