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  • ABCgirlz has replied to a post on the message board

    I am so sorry your family has to face this.  Having other serious health issues, complications from diabetes, heart disease, significant lung disease, things like that might make them consider not doing chemotherapy.  Have they tested the cancer cells?  Being HER-2 positive or PDL-1 positive can offer different or more treatment options.  Their are medications that help with side-effects.  My...

    May 09 at 12:09 PM view post
    • ABCgirlz has replied to a post on the message board

      I am so sorry you are having to go through this.  Is your cancer HER-2 negative or positive?  Are you doing okay with side-effects?  There have been some great outcomes with immunotherapy and some places are even doing it at the same time as chemotherapy.  Let us know if you have questions or anything.  

      May 09 at 11:56 AM view post
      • ABCgirlz has replied to a post on the message board

        Herceptin is good.  That means the cancer is HER-2 positive and tends to have much better outcomes and can be stabilized.  Everyone wants to hear this or that treatment will cure the cancer, but unless it is caught early and they can do surgery it is unlikely you will hear a doctor say that about any type of cancer.  However if they can say the cancer is stablized, and we live with it like that, that i...

        May 08 at 5:21 PM view post
        • ABCgirlz has replied to a post on the message board

          I am so sorry you and your family have to go through this.  You did not say what treatment he is on or has been recommended.  There are newer treatments including immunotherapy.  So if you are looking at prognosis data, you have to understand that information is 5-10 years old and does not include outcomes based on newer treatment options.  Secondly, your dad is not a number or a statistic.  ...

          May 08 at 5:00 PM view post
          • ABCgirlz has replied to a post on the message board

            Lena 123 I am so terribly sorry for you and your family's loss.  I too always hated the idea that God so loved someone that they took them home early.  It just does not make sense.  I lost my daughter to stomach cancer and in less than 48 hours also lost my husband to anotherdisease.  I have a daughter that had recently graduated college and was moving to start her first job while my youngest was ...

            May 01 at 1:08 PM view post
            • ABCgirlz has replied to a post on the message board

              My grandson is 10 now.  He was 8 when his mother passed away.  Children are very concrete in their thinking and may not fully understand the idea of death.  Mom has always come home before so why should she not now.  Aggression is a normal response in a young child after this kind of loss.  Not to say that we do not correct it.  My grandson had trouble at school that first year and even ...

              May 01 at 12:56 PM view post
              • ABCgirlz has replied to a post on the message board

                I don't have any personal or family experience with gastrectomy surgery.  Personally, I would be looking at what other cancer hospitals/surgeons are in the area and ask the doctor who else they can consult with about this.  The is a another website with message boards called No Stomach for Cancer, which deals primarily with gastric surgeries.  I would also check there.  

                May 01 at 12:45 PM view post
                • ABCgirlz has replied to a post on the message board

                  Side-effects from chemotherapy can very from person to person and the the type of chemotherapy given.  My daughter was on 5-FU.  The first session was the hardest.  However, her doctor did give her 3 different types of medicine for the nausea and vomitting.  The side-effects lasted about 38 hours.  During that time she told me she could not do this and would not go back for more.  I just...

                  April 28 at 6:17 PM view post
                  • ABCgirlz has replied to a post on the message board

                    Please make sure his doctor knows the troule he is having with eating.  There are medications that can help with the nausea and vomitting.  There is also a medication to help with white cells.  My daughter had a device on her arm that automatically gave it so she did not have to go back into the doctors office.  It would beep to let us know it was done and then we would remove it (like a big banda...

                    April 25 at 1:18 PM view post
                    • ABCgirlz has replied to a post on the message board

                      I am so terriblly sorry for you and your family's loss.  I lost my daughter and now care for her young son.  We also lost my husband of 30 years 2 days after her.  That was almost 2 years ago.  I want to tell you everything you are feeling is completely normal.  The saddness and grief, the fear, the anger, the guilt, the regrets, it's all normal.  No one would be able to handle this well...

                      April 20 at 5:52 PM view post
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                      About ABCgirlz

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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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