Re: [MOL] Stomach cancer [02472] Medicine On Line

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Re: [MOL] Stomach cancer

Amanda O'Hely wrote:
> My mum was diagnosed with an adenocarcinoma of the stomach in
> November of this year.  She is a widow of 62 with five children,
> 2 of which are mentally handicapped.  Since then she has had a total
> gastrectomy and is still recovering although very slowly.
> After the initial shock I am still trying to come to terms with
> accepting what the consultant has told me.  The truth is I am quite
> angry that in the event of a recurrence he has offered NO treatment.
> He believes this type of cancer cannot be treated successfully with
> chemo or radio.
> I have yet to find out exactly what type and grade the cancer is.
> It's only when you leave the hospital you realise the information
> given is minimal.  All I know at this stage is that it is the most
> aggressive type of cancer there is and there is some evidence of it
> in local lymph nodes which have been taken out!
> I am due to see the consultant tomorrow with my mum for a follow-up
> appointment but am very concerned as she has been having bladder
> problems (urgency to pass urine often) and I'm worried this could be
> a sign of a metastases.
> Has anyone any information/advice on aggressive adenocarcinomas of
> the stomach.  I am determined I will not just stop at his advice!
> thanks
> Amanda
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Dear Amanda,

I am so concerned, when there are many, yes many treatments available
for all types of diseases that medical teams will not at least say to
you, "we are limited to what we can administer, you may wish to seek
other opinions".  I know they won't say that to you because they don't
want to pay for those opinions. But what your Doctor may mean is they
are limited to what they can administer. Doesn't mean that there aren't
treatments available to your Mum.  So, I would call the National CAncer
Institute, I see you are in the United Kingdom.  I am also e-mailing
some web sites for the N.C.I. to get infor on their clinical trials and
I would call them at 1-800-4cancer to receive information about
comprehensive hospitals in the U.K. for second opinions.

Also, yes, clinically some type of cell may be considered to be
aggressive, but every individual is different in composition and I have
learned that aggressive cells react differently in all human nature. I
am not a doctor but one who has experienced this as I have known
individuals with so called aggressive disease and non aggressive.
Depends on the individuals capacity and attitude to fight this disease.
I am certain you and your Mum are individuals that will seek the best
methods of treatment, and I am certain, there is someone in Europe who
are able to help you and your Mum will find methods emotionally and
physicallly to overcome this disease.

Your emotions now are typical of newly diagnosed caregivers of
survivors. Let those emotions ride themselves out and just be strong in
your resolve to know that there is a lot of research to do and
information that will help you. Amanda, there are many miracle stories
even with aggressive diseases. No reason why your Mum can not be one of

Take care and God Bless
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