I'm very sorry to hear that. We were unable to change doctors since her health insurance was pretty inflexible. I would recommend, however, that if her chemo treatments don't help, that she doesn't wait too long to remove her stomach if her doctor thinks it's necessary. For whatever reason, the surgeon waited 2 years from the time to oncologist suggested it and I feel that this has caused her cancer to spread more and she had a lot of recovery problems after the surgery because, in my opinion, the cancer had spread so much that it didn't allow her to heal properly.
I do know that her doctor has tried quite a few chemo treatments and it seems to have slowed down the cancer, even though it is a slow moving cancer. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the meds so I won't be much help on that end.
Good luck to your friend. I will keep her in my prayers. Just remind her that the right attitude is the most important medicine there is. I know that it has kept my sister here for the last 10 years.View Thread
Thank you for your post. Sorry for the delay in responding. I first want to wish you well in your treatment. My sister tried Afinitor but did not seem to have too much success, but of course, everyone responds differently to medicines. She is currently on Abraxane, with seems to have slowed the progression of the cancer. The latest scan showed it did not get any worse, but it didn't get better either. Hopefully, continuing on the Abraxane will show improvement.
Please let me know how the genetic testing works for you. Her doctor hasn't suggested that. I'm not sure if they have the capabilities for that type of test.
Good luck with your treatment, and keep up good spirits during this trying time. My sister continues to amaze everyone with her positive attitude and spunk, which we all know has kept her going. I will keep you in my prayers.View Thread
Thank you Roberta. We appreciate your prayers. I am planning on writing to several cancer centers to see if they can help us.
We are grateful for your support. It has been a difficult year for our family. Our mom was diagnosed last February with another unusual cancer, skin cancer on her gums that had already gone into her jaw bone. My other sister and I took care of her until she passed away at the end of August. Our dad passed away in '07 from complications resulting from his stomach cancer surgery.
We have been blessed to have wonderful family and friends supporting us through all this and we are fortunate to have found this site. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Please let us know if you have any ideas on where we can look for information or help.
Thanks for responding. Her doctor is affiliated with M.D. Anderson, but they have yet to find a chemo that works. She is a trooper and has continued working through all this! Thanks for your support.View Thread
I'm looking for help for my sister whose breast cancer has moved to her stomach, abdomen walls and possibly now into her intestines. I'm trying to find out if anyone else has dealt with this type of breast cancer and what their course of treatment was. I'm also hoping to have the name a doctor whose treated patients with these symptoms so that we could consult with them.
We would appreciate any information that would steer us in the right direction.