First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for the support and prayers as my husband battles stomach cancer.
M.D. Anderson Cancer Treatment Center
We traveled to Houston, Texas thinking we would only be here a week and here it is a month later and we’re still here. M.D. Anderson uses a team approach to address healthcare. At one point, we had four different teams overseeing treatment. The teams offer specialized care and have about 5 doctors assigned to each team. In total, we had over 15 doctors seeing after us. Pretty impressive. The specialized teams meet and discuss the best path forward and present that to our primary doctor for implementation.
Type and Location
My husband is said to have Stage IV gastric cancer (stomach cancer) that has metastasized to the stomach, colon and bones. We are rebuking this diagnosis and claiming total healing!
Lesions on Bones
We arrived to M.D. Anderson thinking they would quickly address the stomach and colon and then address the bones thereafter. However, it was the exact opposite. Because lesions on the bones make them fragile and at risk for fracturing, they take priority.
He has lesions on many bones but the spine and hip were the most concerning. Because the lesions on his back are not pressing against his spinal cord (praise God), surgery was not required. Therefore, chemo and/or radiation will be used to treat this area.
Unfortunately, the lesions near his hip deteriorated the hip bone and made it weak. We are so blessed that his hip replacement was a success! The Medical Team fully removed the cancerous area. That’s one less area we will have to worry with once treatment starts. Praise God!
Blockage and Stent
I won’t bore you with the details but he was experiencing major stomach discomfort that was later determined to be a blockage in and around the liver caused by a tumor. Therefore, surgery was done to place a temporary stent to widen the blockage.
Both surgeries have a pretty challenging recovery period. At this point, I’m unsure which is hurting him worse – stomach (stent) or hip (hip replacement). We’ve had some pretty challenging days but there have been some good days too. Prayerfully, the hardest days are behind us.
Stomach Cancer Treatment – Chemo Begins Today!
He will have 8 rounds of chemo before redoing his scans to see how the cancer is responding to treatment. In each round, he will have 3 consecutive days of chemo and 11 days of rest where no chemo is administered.
Our Dr. stated we can do chemo here or back home in FL because chemo is the same no matter where you go. We prayed about which facility to use and we’ve decided to let M.D. Anderson administer the chemo. We will travel back and forth as needed so that he can get the best care possible. M.D. Anderson has been top notch, thus we feel they will offer the best treatment.
Edited to Add: I wrote this post earlier today and never got a chance to post it. He’s now having chemo and seems to be doing good. He was on the phone, laughing and joking, which was a good sign. And, he even ate tonight which is a big deal since his appetite has been hit and miss. The Dr. said it takes a few days before side effects kick in. However, my prayer warriors and I are covering him in prayer that side effects are next to none!
Keep Praying, We Need It
Again, we thank you for the awesome prayers. We know that prayer changes things so keep them flowing.
My hair is a hot mess. I have not washed it in a month or more. I have it in styled in some sad looking plaits. I’m 99.99% sure I will big chop when I get a chance. Ending my transition will likely be easier for me with everything going on in life right now.