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Dad Diagnosed with inoperable Stomach Cancer

7 Feb 2018 17:41

Hi there folks

 

My dad has just been diagnosed with stomach cancer and the scans and tests have shown that this has not spread to any other part of his body. The literature we received on guidance of cancer informed us that people can have their whole stomach removed and still live on. The cancer is high in his stomach and impedes his swallowing at times but for the hospital to say that this is inoperable is a little hard for me to accept as the top of the stomach could be removed leaving the bottom part to be re-attached to his pipe.

We are being told the cance has gone too far to operate - how can this be if the cance has not spread? Can it not be simply removed with his stomach or top half of his stomach? My dad is a fit 77 year old who wants to live on and refuses to accept this news.

What are our options for a second opinion or paying privately will there be anyone out there who can cut away this cancer or take the organ with the cancer?

We would apprecioate anyone shedding some light on this situation for us please

Many thanks

Re: Dad Diagnosed with inoperable Stomach Cancer

7 Feb 2018 17:51 in response to Darren

Hi Darren. Welcome to the forum.

I'm really sorry to hear of your father's condition. I know nothing personally about stomach cancer but I'm sure one of my friends with more information will come forward.

In the meantime, here is some information about getting a second opinion on the NHS

Re: Dad Diagnosed with inoperable Stomach Cancer

7 Feb 2018 21:53 in response to Darren

Welcome to the forum Darren although I'm sorry to read that your dad has just been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

I noticed you have quite a few questions about your dad's situation so I just wanted to give you our cancer nurses telephone number as they may be able to shed some light on this. If you'd like to chat to them you can call them for free on 0808 800 4040, Monday - Friday between 9a.m - 5p.m.

I have included a link to a website that specialises in private healthcare if you would like to find out more about going down this route as well.

I hope this helps and you're able to find out more soon.

Best wishes to you and your dad, 

Steph, Cancer Chat Moderator

Re: Dad Diagnosed with inoperable Stomach Cancer

7 Feb 2018 23:21 in response to Darren

Hi,

What treatment options, if any, has your Dad been told are available? Inoperable doesn't always mean untreatable. I have an inoperable and incurable cancer, but was treated successfully with chemo. Sometimes the balance of risk and benefit of surgery is tipped if the patient has other medical conditions or might not recover from the surgery. Only someone medically qualified with all the relevant information could advise on whether this is the case.

A second opinion might be a good idea, I was going to post a link then realised that Telemando had beaten me to it.  Going private is an option but unless you're loaded or have private health insurance you might want to try an alternative NHS route first Happy

Good luck!

Dave 

 

Re: Dad Diagnosed with inoperable Stomach Cancer

8 Feb 2018 14:17 in response to Darren

Hi Darren. Sorry to hear your news about your dad. I was diagnosed with stomach cancer one year past in november at the age of 37. Like your dad my tumour was at the top end, and also no spread to other parts of the body (other than lymph nodes). I had 3 cycles of chemotherapy and then went on to have a total gastrectomy (removal of the full stomach) followed by another 3 cycles of chemotherapy (had to stop after cycle 1 of 2nd lot tho as my body just wasnt fit enough). I obviously cant tell you why they are saying your dads is inoperable because as far as im aware as long as it hasnt spread to other parts then surgery should be available. Thinking maybe his age or overall health could be a factor? Because believe me you have to be pysically and mentally fit for this type of operation. I am 9 month out of surgery and doing ok but i will be honest i wouldnt wish this type of surgery on anyone. I hope you manage to find out the reasons as to why they chose not to operate on your dad. Wish him all the luck on his fight against this horrible disease. Michelle x

Re: Dad Diagnosed with inoperable Stomach Cancer

8 Feb 2018 19:33 in response to shellbell1979
Hello My husbands stage 4 stomach cancer in the oesophageal junction was inoperable as it has spread into the stomach lining. Unfortunate after 10 months he lost his battle on the 11th January xxx

Re: Dad Diagnosed with inoperable Stomach Cancer

8 Feb 2018 20:00 in response to Gemini23

I'm sorry to hear of the recent loss of your husband. I hope you are surrounded by many comforts.

Re: Dad Diagnosed with inoperable Stomach Cancer

11 Feb 2018 00:00 in response to Gemini23

So sorry to hear about your husband @gemini23. Gosh he was so young also. And they say this is an older persons cancer!! My heart goes out to you and your children whom im sure are giving you the strength in coping with your loss. Much love xx

Re: Dad Diagnosed with inoperable Stomach Cancer

11 Feb 2018 09:42 in response to Gemini23

Gemini,

I'm so sorry to read your sad news.

Best wishes to you and your family
Dave