I was diagnosed in April 2017 with stage iv stomach cancer at the junction of Oesophagus. The cancer had spread to the peritoneum and I was offered palliative EOX chemo.
I responded very well to the chemotherapy and was subsequently offered surgery (total gastrectomy, part removal of oesophagus and removal of appendix) This was in October 2017 and in the November I was told that all of the biopsies had come back negative with the exception of the primary tumour that had viable cancer cells but was of course removed. The team were very happy with the results and I did not need anymore chemotherapy.
I have lost a great deal of weight due to the surgery and I am still learning to eat although that had been improving.
I noticed in January that I didn’t feel that great but put it down to still struggling with food but two weeks ago I had a CT scan which showed fluid in my lungs and abdomen. This later turned out to have malignant cells, although no mass can be seen.
I am seeing my oncologist on Monday to discuss second line chemo.
I am so scared now though because I am not sure if my body is strong enough to undergo anymore chemotherapy plus I am still recovering from the surgery.
Everything I have read indicates that the fluid build up is end stage disease and although I was prepared last year for bad news, it feels harder this time because of the surgery.