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  • ABCgirlz has replied to a post on the message board

    It is likely his heart rate and blood pressure with slowly decrease and he will sleep more or slip into a comatose state.  The nurses and doctors will keep him comfortable and any pain meds that are needed may aid in him sleeping more.  It may be quickly or a few more days.  God bless and prays for peace.  

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      I don't know about often, but it is not unheard of and in fact can be seen regardless of the reason for death.  It seems that the mental health boost of seeing family and friends and the activity can lift them for a short time, but cannot be sustained for long.  

      Thursday at 3:24 PM view post
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        I am going to encourage you to write down all the questions as they occur to you to take with you to the oncologist visit.  Most likely they will answer all of them.  At the end any that did not get answered or you do not understand you can ask.  Take someone with you and give them pen and paper to take notes for you because you probably will not remember half of what is said.  Your oncologist wil...

        Thursday at 3:12 PM view post
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          There is not a good answer to how long.  Even a doctor is guessing, educated guess, but still only a guess.  I can tell you that my 70-year-old father in good health otherwise was diagnosed with stage 4 signet ring stomach cancer and was told he had 6 months with no treatment.  He lived almost 4 months.  That was over a decade ago.  Now he would have been offered treatment options.  Thre...

          August 11 at 12:48 PM view post
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            Radiation is rarely given for stomach cancer before or with chemotherapy if it is beyond a stage 2 because of the way it spreads and additional treatment would cause damage without doing any real good.  It is not often found that early.  

            August 11 at 11:36 AM view post
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              My daughter expressed many times the regrets and guilt she felt over the burden of us helping her, my having to take time away from other family members that needed me because she needed me more and the toll it placed on her 8 year old son.  The way she dealt with it was to give back to us.  She handled the 5-FU treatment very well after the first couple of ones and so she made sure there were other events ...

              August 09 at 2:52 PM view post
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                Life expectancy has a lot of variables.  Age, health aside from cancer diagnosis, type of cancer as well as location and mutations within the cancer, ability to tolerate treatment and response to treatment.  Treatment has improved considerably even within just the last 5 years.  Do not read to much into survival statistics as they are at least 5 years old and do not take into account specifics of an in...

                August 09 at 2:26 PM view post
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                  I have read about 2 studies that are going on right now.  One is for a breath test to detect esophageal and stomach cancer that looks very promising.  The other is a blood test that looks for 4 specific biomarkers.  You should ask your doctor about them.  You can also look on https://clinicaltrials.gov/  You can search for clinical trials that are close to you.  

                  August 04 at 11:30 AM view post
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                    You have ever right to be scared.  Signet ring is very distinctive and agressive.  The best way to detect it is EGD.  CT does nothing and neither does the PET scan at stage I.  Those would show if it were outside the stomach, but can not see inside the stomach.  I would say after a year of clean EGDs it would probably be recommended to go to every 6 months a few times and then to yearly unles...

                    August 03 at 4:54 PM view post
                    • ABCgirlz has replied to a post on the message board

                      I am so sorry, your dad and family have to go through this.  I do not have direct experience wi a family member with other health problems while undergoing treatment for stomach cancer, but i saw that no one else had posted a response.  I pulled out my research hat and dug into some of medical sites.  Radiation to the lymph system away from abdominal area is usually not done.  At that point, the c...

                      July 25 at 6:43 PM view post
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                      Stomach Cancer

                      Stomach cancer runs in my family, but we do not have the CDH1 gene. My dad had stomach cancer about 10 years ago in his 60s. His brother had stomach cancer 15 years ago in his 60s. My 32-year-old daughter has stage 4 stomach cancer currently and is undergoing chemotherapy. (There is possible younger age stomach cancer history in her father's family as well.)

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