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Clinical Trial Associated with Adenocarcinoma, Stomach Cancer. Posted on December 30, 2011 View this journey (6 Experiences)

Skipping a lot of steps here, but I did a work-up for, and qualified for, a trial called GYMSSA (randomized trial comparing the benefits of surgery in advanced gastric cancer compared to chemotherapy alone) being conducted at NIH Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD. Another pre-surgery laparoscopy on January 10, 2011 at NIH. The surgeon described all visible lesions as having the appearance of "dead" or "dying". A couple of weeks later I was randomized to the "surgery arm" of the trial. With the help of supplements and sheer determination, I continued to rapidly gain weight. On February 2, 2011 I had a total gastectomy, duodenectomy, peritonectomy, and a few other things taken out here and there. Pathology would later show that at this point about half of visible lesions had "died" and half were viable. 6 of 14 lymph nodes were positive. Recovery was fast (home in 2 weeks). On a return visit around beginning of March, lead investigator of trial said I was ready to begin my 12 rounds of adjuvant chemo. This consisted in Oxaliplatin, 5-FU & Leucovorin, Irinotecan. This was a very tough regimen for me. By August, I dropped from 153 lbs day of gastrectomy to 110 lbs. I began TPN which helped me reach 145 lbs in December 2011.

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