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Stomach Transplants
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Stomach Transplants

A family member had Esophageol Cancel 10 yrs ago.  He had 1/2 of his esophagis and 2/3 of his stomach removed.  Had radiation and kemo therapy and has been cancer free.  The remainder of his stomach is now blocked with scar tissue.  When an operation was performed, a tumor was found behind his stomach.  He has a J tube and a G tube.  The G tube bypasses his stomach so he can have the satisfaction of taste and some eating but is allowed only liquids and food the will melt (ie. jello/ice cream) and all nutrition comes from the J tube.  The doctor says it's recurring cancer.  We haven't seen the oncoligist yet.  Is there any research being done on stomach transplants and if so, where does it stand?
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Dear Cheryl,
Stomach transplants are not a focus of research because the stomach is involved with food storage, a task that is not vital to survival.  It sounds as if the major problem is recurrence of tumor.  

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I have had my stomach removed because of stomach cancer. A stomach was made of the intestine. I can eat normal foods but smaller amounts and  instead of threee meals a day I have 6 small meals a day.
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