Gastric MALT Lymphoma - without H-pylori
My husband was recently diagnosed with Gastric Lymphoma. The cancer doctor states it is 100% curable and normally does not come back, but it can in certain instances. The initial treatment was antibiotics and a drug to control acid in his stomach. He has completed two rounds of antibiotics and returns to the doctor on August 14 when she will determine how much radiation he will need to kill the cancer cells. Although he was diagnosed in March, he was told that the cancer has likely been in his stomach for a minimum of 2 years. It is a slow growing cancer. Does anyone in this group have experience with this type of cancer, and if so, what was your treatment regime? Did it work for you? I know each person is different and physicians differ in their mode of treatment. I’m just trying to get a sense of what we are up against. Also, for those of you who have had radiation, what are the side effects? ?
My friend states her husband had throat cancer and during one of his treatments, he was over-radiated and had to be placed in a bariatric chamber every day for about a week to get the extra radiation out of his body. I am so nervous about radiation, as my mom died from cancer and she had radiation. I must admit, it was over 40 years ago when she died and cancer therapy has advanced tremendously since that time.