by LizFS on Thu Jun 07, 2012 06:39 PM
Anyone else out there dx'd stage 2a (only in one lynph node, thank God). Curious how other people are handling this.
by SupportiveWife on Mon Jun 18, 2012 02:20 PM
My husband has stage 2b. He had half of his stomach removed. It was not in his lymph nodes, but had penetrated his stomach lining, so it could have gotten into his blood stream. So they did chemo and radiation and then chemo again after surgery. Initially the ultrasound endoscopy only showed stage 1, so they said he would not have to do any chemo or radiation after surgery, but the biopsy on what they removed showed stage 2b. He has his surgery last October and finished all chemo and radiation on May 2nd. He is having trouble keeping weight on as his appetite still comes and goes. We take it one day at a time.
by gcinla on Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:24 PM
My dad was diagnosed with Stage 2a (3 lymph nodes) back in June of 2010. There was some initial confusion about his diagnosis, but he started chemotherapy and then had a partial gastrectomy in October 2010 followed by 5 weeks of chemo-rad and an additional 6 rounds of chemo. His surgery recovery went well, but he struggled a lot with radiation.
He had his last scan in February and still no sign of recurrence. He'll be due for another scan in the next 2 mos and hoping for continued good news. His eating is well, and tumor markers remain normal.
His main struggle is related to osteoperosis (worsened by chemo and rad, in my opinion) and he's suffered some compression fractures in the last year. I think it's the cumulative effects of all the treatments, and his recovery is moving forward but very slowly.
Best of luck to you.
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