• Cancer Has Returned

    Asked by Russ on Monday, April 15, 2019

    Cancer Has Returned

    Well gang as it turns out I now have stomach cancer. I had surgery on March 27th. They removed 25% of my stomach and part of my small intestine, and then reconnected my small intestine back into my stomach at a different location. I was released from the hospital on April 5th. No radiation or chemo at this point. I am in considerable pain, but getting better. I walk around the block every day to keep myself in good shape. I beat pancreatic cancer 18 years ago, and will beat this as well. Thank you for all of your prayers...my best to all of you, Russ

    14 Answers from the Community

    14 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Sorry for the second diagnosis, but if we are looking for a silver lining, I see at least two of them for you. The first being that it was not a recurrence of pancreatic cancer. We all know that would have been a worse prognosis. Second, it's a surgery only situation. Nobody likes or wants to take chemo or radiation if we can keep from it. I'm glad to see you're up to posting. I've been sharing your daughter's update emails with the group here.

      3 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Hi Russ, you are in my prayers!

      3 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      You can do this. Best wishes from a Stage IV rectal cancer survivor.

      3 days ago
    • carm's Avatar

      God bless the great warriors. I will keep you in my prayers.

      3 days ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      Your positive attitude will get you through this. Look out for lots of prayers for your recovery coming from GA.

      3 days ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Prayers going out for you from Alabama!
      Wishing you the Best from another GIST survivor!

      3 days ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I’m very sorry for the second diagnosis. Prayers are coming from California, too.

      2 days ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Good thoughts winging from Ohio! Glad to see you back up and typing. Hope recovery continues to go well for ya!

      2 days ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Russ, thank you for the update. Not great news but your attitude and commitment will see you through this temporary setback. I know you have great family and friend support at home, add to that all the tons of support you have here? , that stomach cancer is kicked to the curb.

      2 days ago
    • Terri's Avatar

      I am sorry it came back. You can beat this. Mine came back a bunch of times.

      2 days ago
    • peggywolff's Avatar

      Hi, Russ, sorry you’re going through this.
      My fiancé had his entire stomach removed in Oct 2018 for GIST. He’s still learning how to eat and has lost a lot of weight. He’s on Gleevec for Chemo, a once a day pill and the oncologist says he’ll be on it forever. I hope your recovery continues to go well.

      2 days ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      Russ I am sorry to hear you have stomach cancer now! I think you have the right idea with those walks. I empathize with you because I just found out I have a secondary cancer in my kidney when I went on for scan results yesterday.
      I'm on the floor for a bit wrapping my head around it, but soon I'll be back up on my feet so I can fight. I think I will add walking my dogs as part of my fight so I can stay fit like you are. We can't let that beast win!

      Good luck!

      2 days ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      Skyemberr, I’m so sorry to hear this. Hang in there. Prayers are coming your way, too.

      1 day ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      Russ, I’m so sorry you now have to deal with a new cancer. I send you my best wishes that your pain lessens greatly or goes away completely, and that you will beat this mofo just as you beat pancreatic cancer.

      1 day ago

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