Adeno Carcinoma- Stomach Cancer

Posted by sox90vicky @sox90vicky, Aug 13, 2018

My mom is in midstage Adeno Carcinoma in the upper part of the stomach. It's right in the opening of the stomach with esophagus. She has had 6 chemotherapies. She responded very well and the mass has shrunk. Her pet scans look great. Her laparoscopic biopsy turned out good. No new colonies forming, no abnormal lymph nodes around stomach. However, they want to remove all her stomach!!!! She's young, just turned 50. She's in good health aside from rheumatoid arthritis and of course stomach cancer. I have also been giving her cannabid oil. I need a second opinion. Has anyone gone through this operation? Is there other options that the doctors don't want to tell me due to our American system beign all about money in insurance companies. I'll never give up on her! I need choices and right decisions. I also need people who have gone through a similar diagnosis or operation.

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Welcome to Connect,, @sox90vicky. Asking question is the right thing to do. A second opinion might be a good idea, too.
I'm tagging a few other members talking about stomach cancers such as @ssimons @bobbiejean @ggibault and @hopeful33250 who may have first-hand insight about stomach removal.

While we wait for others to reply, here is some information about total and partial gastrectomy (stomach removal) from the American Cancer Society.
I think you might find the explanations about when this type of surgery might be recommended or not. The end of the article also suggests that you make sure the surgeon is "experienced in treating stomach cancer and able to perform the most up-to-date operations to reduce your risk of complications."

The article may also help you develop questions to ask your mom's care team and why they suggest stomach removal.
Will it be total or partial? Are they recommending this surgery because your mom in only 50 and in good health, and they are concerned about recurrence?

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