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Stomach cancer metastasis to peritoneum, lungs now brain tumour symptoms prognosis?

By Anonymous October 26, 2011 - 6:31am
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My son has stomach cancer, after chemo and operation it spread to peritoneum. About 6weeks ago developed fluid around the left lung which he had drained 2 weeks ago. Nodes detected in left lung At first he showed no improvement but just before he went to get his stitches removed last week he seemed to pick up. After waiting around an hour in the outpatients hospital to remove stitches, xray looked good but he started to go downhill again. Now showing signs of numbness in right arm and light flashes and migraine symptoms which last about 15 minutes. Difficulty breathing faced with changes of temperature going from warm room to cold etc. Waiting to see oncologist on Thursday last weeks appointment clashed with stitches removal so was cancelled. No longer fighting disease , very depressed. How can we help and how long does he have to live ?

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Hi Anonymous,

I'm sorry to hear about your son.

How old is he?
If he is old enough to talk to you, ask him what he wants to do. Right now he is immuno-suppressed so naturally, you're not going to push him to limits that his body can't tolerate or put him in any danger. However, it is important that you realize that what he yearns for is not only his health but for normalcy. My advice to you is to contact his Oncologist and ask "What are my son's limitations? What can he do? What should I avoid?" You can call his office so that you don't have to wait until his next appointment to ask.

As far as a prognosis--Unfortunately, we are not his doctor and it would be very unprofessional of me or anyone to give you a prognosis on your son when really, the only person that can give you that is, again, his Oncologist.

Wishing you and your son the very best!


October 26, 2011 - 6:41am
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