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Posted by Missy R. on September 05, 2000 at 18:55:27:

In Reply to: Re: Stomach/Esophagus Cancer posted by Cheryl on August 20, 2000 at 23:11:33:

: : : My father was diagnosed in June of 1999 with stomach
: : : and esophogus cancer. He was able to have surgury and is now going through chemo. He has lost a lot of weight and finds it hard to keep food down. I am looking for anyone out there who has some advice to help him gain weight, as well as support.
: : : We need a miracle, I would love to be able to tell him of a stomach cancer survivor story- are there any out there??????
: : : Please e-mail me at
: : : shake130@aol.com
: : : Thank you - Susan

: : Hi Susan,
: : My sister has cancer.She also lost her appetite.She drank ENSURE. You can also make milk shakes with it. Hope your dad is doing okay.

: Hello Susan,
: My mother was diagnosed with esophogas and stomach cancer approximately thirty years ago. She has radial surgery removing all of her stomach. A small pouch was created with small intestine tissue. She is still alive today, however as you can imagine her quality of life has certainly been compromised. Over the years she has tried many things from baby food to high nutrition supplements. I think an average weight for her would be 120 pounds, at her best since surgery she was probably 110. She is currently less than 70 pounds so I guess we are on the down hill side. She is drinking a high calorie product now but I do not recall what it is. I will try to find out. I truly wish your father and your family all the strength in the world. If you are interested in learning more about what my mother has done please email me and I will try to get her to communicate via email.
: cheryl

Hi Susan,

My brother has recently been diagnoised with this type of cancer. He too has lost a lot of weight from not being able to eat. His doctor had given him some medicine to increase his appetite. This helps him on the weeks that he does not have his chemo treatments. He usually gains about 5 to 7 pounds back within 2 weeks. I feel a little is better than nothing. I also wanted to tell you that you can make a high calorie drink using carnation instant breakfast drink, ice cream, and milk. My brother seems to like the taste of that much better than the ensure. I am hoping that the chemo that my brother is getting is going to help, but the cancer had spread to his liver before it was detected. I hope that my little bit of info can help you and your dad and I truly wish the best for you and your family. If you have any comments or suggestions for me and my brother please e-mail me at Mitz@charter.net.
Missy

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