• Cancer Returns

    Asked by Russ on Friday, March 15, 2019

    Cancer Returns

    Well after 18 years my cancer has returned. I had such pain in my abdomen and it turned out to be an ulcer. Unfortunately cancer was there also. It is between my stomach and colon. My gastro doctor seems to think it is curable. Once again they are sending me to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. They don't really have the best doctors in south Jersey. In 18 years they still don't have the best...that was where they sent me 18 years ago for my surgery of pancreatic cancer. We will just have to beat this cancer again this time. My best to all of you...Russ

    23 Answers from the Community

    23 answers
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      So sorry to hear this. Ask if you can receive your chemo treatments at the Penn Medicine in Cherry Hill. It will save you the stress of having to go into town. They are all in the same family, and I much preferred a smaller office (although the new building is large, but nothing like Abramson) and not having to drive into town for treatments. It greatly reduced my stress and anxiety.

      2 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I'm sorry to hear that there's cancer to fight again, Russ. That's never good news to get. The University of Pennsylvania is awesome from everything I hear.

      You'll be in my thoughts and prayers as you prepare to beat another monster.

      2 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      I am very sorry to hear this. I agree that you are going to the best place for treatment. Penn is always at the forefront of cancer research and treatment. I will remember you in my prayers. If you are up to it, keep us posted on how you are doing. Good luck. Take care.

      2 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I am sorry that cancer has returned to your life. You are lucky to have such a good hospital system for help in this fight. Hugs.

      2 months ago
    • elissa5's Avatar
      elissa5

      Russ I am so sorry to hear this. You have helped and inspired so many people here on Whatnext. We will be here to help, encourage and pray for you. Look into cannabis oil it can possibly help. here is an article. https://pancreaticcanceraction.org/news/new-research-medicinal-cannabis-could-improve-survival-rates-of-pancreatic-cancer/?fbclid=IwAR0lHMpK_gWk2DCzdDmoMQghJEw4u0R1ERfIDkaOtAOJJHnDutThHd-Nv0c. Take it one day at a time.

      2 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I am sorry that you got this bad news. But it sounds treatable and you're going to a good place. We're all here to support you. Best wishes for treatment success.

      2 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Russ, I’m so sorry. I hope that your ulcer was the canary in the mine and called attention to an early pancreatic cancer that would otherwise have lurked painlessly until much later. Sending you good wishes.

      2 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      I am so sorry to hear this! You’ll be in my prayers. Wishing you all the best and strength for the next round.

      2 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Adding you to my prayer list

      2 months ago
    • KLuk's Avatar
      KLuk

      Dear Russ, you helped so many of us with your kindness and optimism. I am sure you will apply your best abilities to fight to yourself and win!

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

      Russ I am also very sorry cancer has returned. Perhaps the ulcer pain, as uncomfortable as it was, was a blessing in disguise since the cancer was found and the doctor thinks it is curable. Please keep us updated and wishing you success with any future treatments.

      2 months ago
    • Russ' Avatar
      Russ

      Many, many thanks to all of you for your kind words. Over the years you have all been an inspiration to me as well...great therapy for each other. I will be certain to let everyone know what the surgeon tells me on 3/25. My best to all of you...Russ

      2 months ago
    • Anastasia's Avatar
      Anastasia

      Take Golden Milk google it for the ingredients...made up of coconut milk and tumeric...don't put any honey in it or regular sugar

      2 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      Russ - I am so terribly sorry for the return of Cancer. I think that is always in the back of our minds as the years go by. I'm on the site frequently but don't comment too often. I have seen many of your posts. I will be praying for you. Keep us in the loop.

      2 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Russ, sorry that you have to buckle up for another ride on this stupid cancer roller coaster. You beat one of the biggest monsters in the cancer closet already, so I'm sure you will do the same with this one.

      2 months ago
    • Russ' Avatar
      Russ

      Thank you very much Greg...yes I plan on beating it yet again for another 18 years as I did in 2000. I meet with the surgeon on Monday 3/25 to discuss what the surgery will entail and wihether I have to go through chemo and radiation...I hope not, but if necessary so be it. After I meet with the surgeon I will post what I know at that time. Thanks again Greg...my best to you, Russ

      2 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Russ, I’m keeping fingers crossed that you won’t need chemo or radiation. I know we all are.

      2 months ago
    • Russ' Avatar
      Russ

      Once again thank you for your kind words. I saw the surgeon today at the University of Penn. I am having surgery on Wednesday 3/27. He is removing part of my stomach, and some of my colon... where the cancer is...he will also remove any lymph nodes in the area and have them sent over to pathology. He will reattach the colon up into my stomach at a higher level. I will have to take it easy for awhile until my stomach and colon get used to their new setup. So its liquids through a feeding tube for a few days. Again, thanks a bunch to all of you...I love you guys.
      Russ

      about 1 month ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Russ, sending you best wishes for a good recovery.

      about 1 month ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Russ, I will be thinking of you on the 27th . I am sending you oodles of support for a successful surgery and a full recovery.

      about 1 month ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      Russ, good luck tomorrow. I am sending prayers and good wishes for a speedy recovery. When you are up to it, let us know how you are doing. Take care.

      about 1 month ago
    • Anastasia's Avatar
      Anastasia

      Get the recipe for Golden Milk..includes coconut milk and Tumeric, which is known to kill cancer cells...also garlic is good too....not in the milk, though!

      about 1 month ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Good thoughts winging your way. May you have a successful procedure and easy recovery.

      about 1 month ago

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