Not for the squeamish
January 27, 2010 3:31 AM Subscribe
My dad has been diagnosed with cancer - malignant carcinoma in his stomach where the esophagus joins the stomach. They are going to remove his stomach! Has anyone had any experience of this personally or of a relative?
posted by evil_esto to health & fitness (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The cancer is small - they found it while looking for possible causes for another ailment he has. The oncologist believes removing the stomach is the best course of action. No one in my family had any idea you can live without a stomach, but apparently you can as long as adjustments to your diet and lifestyle are made. They will basically tie his esophagus to his small intestine.
My mother is understandably freaked out which is the main reason for asking. Dad is quite stoic, 66 and in ok shape (non-smoker, light drinker and retired). What sort of effect is this likely to have on his diet and digestive system? Does anyone know? Googling gives me a lot of medical info that I find a bit impenetrable. Maybe I'm googling the wrong words? I'm not looking for sympathy just some advice on what to expect or where to get information in easy to understand terms. Thanks everyone.