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Stage 4 Stomach Cancer Life Expectancy
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
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Stage 4? Stomach cancer. Is chemotherapy advisable with 33 kgs weight, age 66, height5.3 please advise
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. ...Read more
4-18 months: Stage 4 stomach (gastric) cancer means the cancer has spread or metastasized to sites far from the stomach. Unfortunately, the prognosis is poor. The median range of survival for stage 4 gastric cancer is 4 - 18 months. Experimental treatment options may be available depending upon your locale. ...Read more
Can be but need not: Be. Any advanced malignancy may cause pain, however effective pain medications are available and control of pain is one of the goals of palliative care. The patient may wish to seek hospice care at home or in an in-patient facility. ...Read more
My dad has stage IV stomach cancer (in liver now), should we use her2 treatment if tested positive? Pros and cons?
Absolutely!: If he is her2 positive, the response rate with Herceptin (trastuzumab) is higher. Hope this helps. ...Read more
No answer: It is not possible to predict the survival time in a particular person. The law of averages may suggest a few months, but there are enough exceptions thus making a prediction unreliable. ...Read more
Female, 45, stomach cancer and liver metastasis. Is it curable? If not whatis life expectancy (honest numbers even if not sure, I need a range number)Thanks
Best answers will be: From the oncologists who are involved. Clearly, this is not a good situation, but the details can make huge differences in length and quality of life. Possible treatment options and the strength of health in other vital systems will matter. Consult w/ your doctors or seek 2nd opinions. Hope it's as good as possible. ...Read more
My friend says he has stage one in throat cancer and stage 3 in stomach cancer. He refuses to get treatment. What imight be life expectancy.?
Llkely 20% 5yr life.: The throat cancer may have a decent outlook, but an advanced stomach cancer where the disease has likely spread to the lymph nodes and is one step away from distant metastases has about a 20% 5 year survival at best. This is if the tumor is able to be resected. It is his choice, but it might be good for him to see his doctor to at least find out what can be done to make him comfortable. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. What is my life prognosis, an where else will it spread to? The doctors say it can;t be treated.
Am Cancer Society: First of all, I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. You can find survival statistics at the american cancer society website for a variety if cancers. Remember however that you are not a statistic. That doesn't mean you should ignore stats, just remember there is always hope. Also remember that quality is usually better than quantity in terms of life expectancy. God bless you and good luck. ...Read more
What is the quality of life for a late stages stomach cancer patient? Will they be bedridden? What about the pain?
No need to be!:
Your question touched my heart.
Goal: comfort and support. Nutrition, ensure or gastrostomy tube is important. There are muliple medications to control pain: tablets, liquids, patches, injections.
Measures to fight depression. Nursing homes, home health nurses. Family and friends... Faith in god, after-life, smile, good attitude. "stand up" keep the spirit. No bed-ridden till you can't. Thanks. ...Read more
What is the survival rate of someone with stage 4 stomach cancer that spread to multiple lymph nodes and organs surrounding the stomach?
Unknown: This is an impossible question to answer for an individual. Clearly, it is less for someone with the above findings than it is for someone who doesn't have all of the above. When we look at 5-yr survival rates for a given cancer, that is the average survival of thousands of people with the disease. Every individual has other factors to consider. Even then, prediction is faulty. ...Read more
Would a stage 4 stomach cancer patient experience excruciating pain at the very end stage? Age 80, without symptoms yet prior to and after diagnosis
How common is stomach cancer in the U.S., and does it mostly affect certain types of people, such as meat-eaters?
Not very common: Stomach or gastric cancers have decreased in the US since the 1940's. There are some stomach cancers however associated with H. pylori stomach infections. Smoked foods, excess alcohol intake, and cigarette smoking may be associated with stomach cancer. It is more common in other countries than the US. ...Read more
What are survival odds for early stage stomach cancer? It’s stage 1, so is it likely it can be cured? Will I have to worry about it coming back?
I am having constant indigestion since last 4 months which respond to antacids. Could it be due to stomach cancer? (no risk factors)
Not likely: You are not likely to have stomach cancer at 18 years old. It sounds like you are having reflux. Here are some things to try to see if you can get rid of it without having to take antacids. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, mints and eating large meals. Maintain a healthy body weight. Exercise every day. Add a daily probiotic. Don't eat within 4 hours of going to bed. See doctor if needed ...Read more
Many risk factors: It is more common in men and those over 50 years old. A prior history of h. Pylori infection and non-white ancestry is also a risk. Diets rich in smoked meats & foods are risky (e.g. As in east asia). A family history of cancer or a prior history of stomach surgery and smoking is also risk inducing. Certain inherited syndromes also increase the risk (lynch syndrome, brca mutations). ...Read more
Only your M D: Can answer, depends on the stage of disease. Very early stages prognosis is good. Speak to your doctor Good Luck ...Read more
Weight loss and persistent abdominal pain are the most common symptoms at initial diagnosis. The abdominal pain tends to be mid upper abdomen (epigastric), vague and mild early in the disease but more severe and constant as the disease progresses.
Nausea, anemia from occult bleeding, also frequently happen. ...Read more
Very low- unless..: The incidence of stomach cancer at age of 22 is very rare. You should not worry about this. If multiple family members had stomach cancer, especially at younger age (less than 40) -then that would be a different scenario. Your risk to get other problems like depression, getting involved in motor vehicle accident, infection is way way higher. Please go and talk to your primary doctor in detail. ...Read more
Part or whole remova: The type of surgery- partial or total gastrectomy- depends on the location, extent and type of stomach cancer. The surgical plan will be discussed by your surgeon after reviewing your endoscopy, biopsy and ct scan results. Sometimes surgery is done for emergent reasons- uncontrollable bleeding, obstruction, etc. ...Read more
Depends on type: Gastric cancers are glandular most often, while lymphomas can also be seen. Tumor stage is determined by tumor size and lymph node status. Are lymph node involved? After radical surgery (removing the tumor and lymph nodes) chemotherapy and radiation can be used to achieve a good outcome. Young patients often have a better response to chemotherapy. ...Read more
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