ChongsHusband's Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Stomach Cancer

Spouse/Partner: Stomach Cancer > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: 6 months ago, Female, Age: 59, Stage IV

  1. 1
    13 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chong was diagnosed with stage 2 stomach cancer. The plan was 6 rounds of FolFox, one month to recover, surgery to remove the tumor, and then six more rounds to complete treatment. Chong completed the first six rounds of chemo.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. 2
    13 days ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    While determining if Chong was ready for surgery to remove the tumor, she developed a pleural effusion first in the right lung and then the left. The fluid contained cancer cells. They inserted a drain to the right side allowing us to drain the fluid from home.

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  3. 3
    13 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After realizing that Chong's cancer had metastasized, they switched to palliative chemo to help her breathe. It worked perhaps the first time, but by the second round her breathing was not much better.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 4
    13 days ago
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    Shortness of breath

    Side Effects

    Chong had pleural effusions in both lungs, the fluid contained cancer. They put a drain on the right side but none on the left. Palliative chemo prevented fluid build up on the right side, but it was difficult to tell what was going on on the left. The chemo no longer was working to help with the breathing,

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  5. 5
    13 days ago
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    Lung Damage

    Oh No

    Palliative chemo was no longer relieving the breathing problems so we attempted to get the left side pleural effusion drained. However, there was very little fluid build up on the left side. The lung function has been affected by cancer (although there is no sign of cancer in the lungs) or from the chemo. Full time oxygen is ordered.

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  6. 6
    13 days ago
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    Lung Damage

    Decision Point

    Chong can no longer walk more than a few paces without losing her breathe, heart racing, and getting completely exhausted. Medicine is not helping, so we decided to go on hospice care. The drugs alow her to sleep but at what a cost -- she is high all the time on them.

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