Small trial suggests the scans might help, but experts aren't so sure
by Ktodd53 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 01:34 AM
by neenjeanne on Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:11 AM
On Jan 24, 2013 1:34 AM Ktodd53 wrote: Oct, 2012 was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. I have a large tumor at the end of my esophagus into my stomach and lymph nodes around the tumor and some further into my gastric area. I went through 3 sets of chemo total of 63 days. The pet scan showed that the cancer is gone nothing showing up. The doctor says it is very unusual to have reaction to chemo that way. I'm now being faced with surgery. I guess my question should I have my entire stomach removed. And what does that mean. Any information on the stomach removal and life afterwards would be greatly appreciated.
On Jan 24, 2013 1:34 AM Ktodd53 wrote:
Ktodd53, I had stage 4 stomach cancer in area between stomach and esophgus (g juncture?)-- it had spread to lymph nodes and possibly eventually to my lungs (wasn't biopsied so they are not positive it was cancer in lungs)-- It was inoperable due to location of cancer in distant lymph node (down by artery in lower stomach)--- Therefore surgery was not an option. But as it turned out, I had chemo 3 sets of first 12, then 9 and then 6. It is in my bio here, the details. The bottom line is, the chemo killed all the cancer and it has not returned for over 2 years now. Doctor also told me this was quite unusual, but it happened to me! I had been told only surgery gets rid of cancer, but only chemo did it for me. I am glad i didn't have to have my stomach removed due to possible complications that some people have, not all but some. Good luck to you, it does happen! There are many people on this site who have had their whole or partial stomach removed and they are doing fine. You have probably heard from them. Jeanne
by neenjeanne on Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:16 AM
By the way, this is posted in pancreatic cancer message stream and possibly stomach cancer survivors didn't see it yet.
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