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Stage 4?stomach cancer. is chemotherapy advisable with 33 kgs weight, age 66, height5.3 please advise

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Stomach cancer: Chemotherapy is the mainstay therapy for stage IV stomach cancer. Other option will be only palliative care/hospice if one does not want to get active therapy. Whether one is a good candidate or not for chemo will depend on how good is the overall situation- can the person take care oneself? How much assistant she/he needs for daily activity etc? Discuss further with the oncologist re-tx options.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho commented
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
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the weight is a concern, but that is due to the concer. chemo is given to relieve the symptoms so then quality of life can be maintained. d/w your doctor also to check for the her2neu receptor status from the tissue. if positive, herceptin can be incorporated in to the treatment .
Apr 6, 2013
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This is very good advice. We are fortunate to have Dr. Ho on the healthtap team.
Apr 6, 2013

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