Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer
My loving husband, Barry, was diagnosed with stomach cancer 2 months ago. He is only 42 years old and we were shocked when the diagnosis was given to us.
He had been getting abdominal pains and not eating properly for a few months. One significant thing I noticed was the amount of weight he had lost.
When I first met him he weighed 15 stone, but now he only weighs 9 ½ stone! He went to the doctor who thought it was probably just an ulcer and sent him to the hospital for an endoscopy test.
It was only once he had the endoscopy that the stomach cancer was found and my life fell apart. I try to help him by giving him high calorie foods, but he just doesn't want to eat them and this makes me panic a lot.
He went for scans once he was diagnosed and these showed that he has tumor in his liver as well. As a result, we have been told that he can’t have surgery unless he responds to the chemotherapy he has been put on.
Barry is due to have further scans once he has completed his chemotherapy. I worry a lot about what they will show and how the future is going to be.
We have 2 children, the youngest is 13 and the eldest is 15 years old. I try to protect them from all this, but I think they understand how bad things are.
As for the care he has had so far, I can only give praise to all the staff that have cared for Barry – they are all great and have been really helpful to me.
Don’t want to think too much about the future, but live for the day.
Message From Peter About Your Husband Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer
Thank you for taking the time in telling us about Barry and his stomach cancer.
Being diagnosed so young is truly awful and my heart goes out to you.
Having being diagnosed so young makes me wonder if Barry has a hereditary form of the condition. You might find my page on hereditary tumors
Also, you mentioned about the problem you have with Barry’s nutrition and you might find my page on post-gastrectomy diet
Whilst I understand that he hasn't had surgery, there is some useful information in there to help improve his nutrition.
Hopefully he will get through the chemotherapy okay and then get some good news.