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marian51
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Stomach cancer stage 4

Posted by @marian51, Mon, Nov 19 2:55pm

Hello, I am 51 years old and been diagnosed with gastric cancer stage 4. Doctor told me the surgery it’s out of question, the only treatment left being chemo (FOLFLOX). I’m looking for any advice, any other treatments that people tried and worked. I’m scared ,my family is scared, never had any health problems up until now. I don’t know what to do,if I should start chemo or look for other options.

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Hello @marian51 and welcome to Mayo Connect.

I am sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis of Stage 4 Gastric cancer. We have a discussion group devoted to those who are dealing with advanced cancer. Here is the link to that discussion, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/talking-frankly-about-living-with-advanced-cancer/. I would encourage you to read through the posts there and read what others have said about gastric cancer.

I did find some information about Folfox and here is the link, https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/drugs/FOLFOX.
Mayo Clinic is also doing some clinical trials with Folfox for colon cancer, here is the link to that information, https://www.mayo.edu/research/clinical-trials/cls-20145716?_ga=2.78474332.916332586.1534862430-1221957091.1534862430

Has your doctor suggested the chemo and radiation together?

I would also encourage you to get a second opinion on the treatment for your cancer. If you live near a Mayo facility (there are three: in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona). If that is not possible I would encourage you to seek a second opinion from another well known cancer research facility.

Have you considered a second opinion, @marian51?

Get a second opinion, always

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