Just diagnosed last week

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Just diagnosed last week

by Caterina on Tue Jul 24, 2018 04:53 AM

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Hello all, Last Tuesday I had an endoscopy and biopsy showed cancer in a lump found. Today I went to Columbia presbyterian hospital in the city and the object of it was to remove the one by when they went in and did the sonogram they found that the cancer has spread and at this time they needed to do more biopsies and see how deep and what stage it is so I'm not gonna find out now till Friday what the next step will be either it will be surgery or radiation ect... But it hasn't really hit home yet and I have a really face reality and I have this. I really don't want to because when I went online to look at all the sites they say that even in stage zero you only have a five year life expectancy and I wanted to know if that's true what it is that he went out there with a soft it is cancer have they survived it longer than five years and what am I going to be expected To go thru?????

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by tashalex on Tue Jul 24, 2018 08:13 AM

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On Jul 24, 2018 4:53 AM Caterina wrote:

Hello all, Last Tuesday I had an endoscopy and biopsy showed cancer in a lump found. Today I went to Columbia presbyterian hospital in the city and the object of it was to remove the one by when they went in and did the sonogram they found that the cancer has spread and at this time they needed to do more biopsies and see how deep and what stage it is so I'm not gonna find out now till Friday what the next step will be either it will be surgery or radiation ect... But it hasn't really hit home yet and I have a really face reality and I have this. I really don't want to because when I went online to look at all the sites they say that even in stage zero you only have a five year life expectancy and I wanted to know if that's true what it is that he went out there with a soft it is cancer have they survived it longer than five years and what am I going to be expected To go thru?????

Hi Caterina,

I can only imagine how terriefied you are. Where was the lump found?  i know that the first thing we do is google statistics, but remember that you are unique and each battle and survival is different! you need to stay as positive as possible, eat healthy,  but most of all keep your faith as anything is possible.

xxx

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by rickjenn on Wed Jul 25, 2018 09:07 PM

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I know this is the scariest time -- no knowing what you are really dealing with.  The statistics are useful, but they say nothing about what is going to happen to you as an individual.  When I was diagnosed with stage 3 adenocarcinoma, the statistics were quite sobering, but after surgery, chemo, and radiation I am still going 10 years later without any recurrences.  Yes, the surgery did affect what and how I eat, but I have adapted and life is basically the same as before.  So put the statistics aside and just focus on what you need to do to beat this and stay positive.  Best wishes, Rick

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by Caterina on Thu Jul 26, 2018 05:01 AM

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Thank you for your reply ...I don't know how to use this site yet so still learning ...I was glad that actually someone replied to me couple days no one has but I don't know if I'm doing anything right

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by Caterina on Thu Jul 26, 2018 05:04 AM

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Thank you so much for your reply it is great news to know that you've been survive for 10 years that makes me feel good eating is no problem for me I've had ulcerative colitis since I was 15 and my boards intestines were taken out in 2003 so I know what it's like to have a eating problem I only have a quarter of the digestive system network it's scary that I have a soffit guess cancer because now I'm really going to help us

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by Caterina on Thu Jul 26, 2018 05:05 AM

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Thank you so much for your reply it makes me feel good to talk to people that have gone to the same thing as me anyway on the lump was found I guess about 4 inches above my stomach and I was going to have it removed but when they went in they just did a sonogram and they couldn't remove it because it had spread sideways so on Friday I'm going to find out what stage I'm in vita now and the next steps

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by Caterina on Thu Jul 26, 2018 05:11 AM

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Sorry I use voice text and it never fully works ,basically I meant to say....my large intestines were removed in 2003 and part of my small .....peritonitis set in and it was part of my nine lives lol ......I was on. Liquid diet for one year Nd then grDuTed to moo shy food ... But in the last year my acid reflex got worse and worse and couldn't hold down any food last couple of months so that is how this whole thing occurred

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by beingcelestial on Thu Jul 26, 2018 02:22 PM

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Hi Caterina, if you can, obtain a copy of the pathology and other testing reports. I am wondering what kind of cancer it might be? If it is a Neuroendocrine tumor such as carcinoid cancer, there are a lot of options. Check out www.carcinoid.org .

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by jripsky on Thu Jul 26, 2018 03:08 PM

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Caterinna, I was diagnosed with stage 3 2007, had the chemo, Radiation, & surgery same year and still around. i know its possible to survive. The main thing is to become as agresive toward the cancer , as it is toward you. And keep a great attitude, you can beat it, but you will ubder a new normal. I was 67 when I went thourgh it.  

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by clabei92 on Thu Jul 26, 2018 03:15 PM

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Caterina,

My dad was diagnosed with a similar situation. After going through all of this with him.. my biggest advice is to not let yourself get too weak. If you find that you are not able to eat enough food, advocate for a feeding tube!! it is so important to keep your body strong while trying to fight cancer.

Also mention keytruda to your doctors. It is a free immunotherapy trail and has been shown to work with esophageal/stomach cancer. 

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