My brother in law was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. He has a grapefruit sized tumor in his stomach and also a tumor in his small intestines. He was hospitalized for abdominal pain back in January of this year. We were shocked when he came out of the hospital without getting the blockage fixed. ( He told us that he had diverticulitis and diverticulosis). He says that he went to the ER on Saturday because he was sick and they told him there that he had cancer. I dont understand any of it to be honest. He told us about two days after telling us about him having cancer that he had a lymph node removed from his neck about a year or year and a half ago and it containted cancer. I asked him if he did chemo and he said no. He told me they removed by going down his throat as an outpatient procedure because the dr said they dont cut them out because the air will hit the node and the cancer will spread. Has anyone ever heard of having a lymph node removed via the throat and it containing cancer and not doing chemo or radiaiton. Thats been a year or so ago. I believe that he is sick because of what he tells us is going on....bleeding rectally, vomiting blood, difficulty swallowing, and he said when he is trying to have a bowel movement he can feel something twisting inside. Yesterday he said he ate dinner then threw up and it stunk so bad that everyone had to go outside for a bit because of the smell. I am frightened for him.
Well, without the relevant clinical details or a detailed clinical evaluation it would be difficult to comment on the situation. The approach to node removal would depend on its location and the management of GI cancer on its type and stage. I would be best to have him evaluated by a gastroenterologist or an oncologist at this stage for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.
Hope this is helpful.
Thank you Dr Kaul. I havent visited this site for a while now and just seen your response this evening. His PCP is now sending him for a scope. I dont understand why he is seeing a PCP and not an oncologist. He went last week to have bloodwork done and the Dr said that his labs actually looked pretty decent. She wants him to have a scope done and then they can do a biopsy while in there. Can drs tell just by bloodwork and an abdominal CT scan if he has cancer? The lymph node that was removed was on the left side of his neck (possibly virchows node?) and that was a year to year and a half ago. He claims that the biopsy results showed cancerous cells and he had no chemo or radiation. Wouldnt chemo or radiation been done if the node contained cancer? We are all a bit confused here. It seems we arent getting all the info or the info isnt correct. I would think he should have been seeing an oncologist right away. Thank you for your time.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.