dean's Journey:

Patient: Stomach Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Male, Age: 61, Stage IV

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    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    unreal, surprised, what next? I have lesions on liver also. One was 8.4cm. Others are 15mm. I still have not really asked what all this means, Just trying to stay positive and fight with any and all things possible.

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    • dean
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It took a long time to get into next dr. I did not realize to have a primary with insurance as it is open choice. Decided to get a test in Phoenix instead of Flagstaff due to where I would be staying for treatment. It took a month to get in. Meanwhile my daughter found a naturopathic dr. I went to him for a month before starting any conventional treatment. That dr. suggested using chemo as he said it works well on stomache cancer. I am now on round two of chemo. In between treatments I go to the natural dr. I am tired and have some swelling but other than that fighting on. Information and good family and friends is great to have. It is nice to have an advocate that helps make decisions and researches. Next is another ct scan to see how treatment is working.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • dean
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

    After scan I will make decisions on further treatment and what kind.

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    • dean
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

    Other Care

    I am using alternative therapy also, which some dr.s are against and legally can not endorse without backlash from the AMA. The natural dr. we see survived cancer himself and is trying to bridge the gap between using both conventional and alternative.

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