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    My husband is done with his Chemo treatment and the whole time has had cancer he is had difficulty in eating because of indigestion. He is going to have surgery that will remove the rest of his tumor (smaller than a dime) that is in his abdomen. The chemo cured the TC cancer. But is the remaining cancer in the abdomen (not sure how to spell it) responsible for the indigestion and does anyone know if the surgery will fix this??

  • #2
    Originally posted by Hopeful Wife
    My husband is done with his Chemo treatment and the whole time has had cancer he is had difficulty in eating because of indigestion.
    Congrats to your husband surviving chemo. I don?t think the tumor in his abdomen is the cause of the indigestion. I had two rounds of BEP and two rounds of EP (in a row). It took my digestive system MONTHS to get back to normal. A few things I remember:
    +I still avoid getting too full, since I don?t want to feel that slightly-nauseating feeling that is so reminiscent of chemo.
    +For the first six months, I had to avoid any spicy food. My stomach just couldn?t handle it anymore.
    +It took over six months for my bowel movements to get back to normal. (I?ll skip the details).
    +Although I have eaten relatively healthy since I was a kid, my all-time favorite food was a Taco Bell Nacho Bell Grande. I had one about a month after chemo. I was sick for a day. No more Nacho Bell Grandes for me.

    I was surprised how quickly my body rebuilt itself after chemo. Within a month, most systems were starting to get better. However, it took quite a while for the digestive system to get back to normal.

    Have your hubby ask the doctor for a prescription for something for his indigestion.


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    Last edited by BeachTech; 08-12-11, 12:27 AM.
    BeachTech
    Diagnosis
    Diagnosed May 2005
    Stage IIa
    Pure Embryonic Carcinoma
    One 2.0cm tumor in testicle
    One 1.0cm tumor in lymph node

    Treatment
    Radical orchiectomy
    Two cycles of BEP
    Two cycles of EP (the Bleo was causing lung issues)

    Complications
    Pulmonary Embolism (Almost died)
    Extremely low red blood count (Required 4 blood transfusion)

    Status
    In remission since August 2005
    July 2011-tumor markers clean!

    Favorite Question
    "Which testicle did they remove?"

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    • #3
      stomach

      a toast for you and hubby getting through chemo. i had 4 rnds bep, and 3 salvage...taxol was prolly the hardest. for the indigestion doc. had me take some otc. pepsid. seemed to help. only time i lost my appetite was during hospital stay for chemo and that 1st week home then i ate everything in sight the 2nd week then back to hospital for more chemo........1 cruel circle. hope this helps

      k.
      severe back pain ( found to be tumor rpgct) no pain/irregularities with twins at all
      diagnosed 11-15-06 stage 3c mets to lungs/shortness of breath, choriocarcinoma, hcg 212,000
      11-16-06 1st of 4 rnds. in patient bep
      2-07 1st of 3 rnds. in patient salvage tip
      met dr. einhorn 4-17-07 ultra-sound (1st one)
      5-10-07 left i/o (immature teratoma)
      7-12-07 rplnd (dr.foster)
      8-16-07 all-clear and in surveillance mode
      started TRT...androgel 12-5-08
      fight the good fight...you can win

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      • #4
        Yes, I had indigestion after my cancer diagnosis that I attributed to anxiety over worrying about the condition itself, but it really hit hard during the weekend after the first 5 days of chemo treatments. A very common side affect of many anti-nausea drugs is indigestion. While it was there but tolerable during the week, it was really uncomfortable during the weekend when I was taking DEX following the chemo. My oncologist suggested I use Prilosec OTC which I did and it totally eliminated it. I would guess that your husband's indigestion will subside now that he has completed chemo.

        Congrats and good luck, you guys are almost through the tunnel!

        Brian
        Brian, [email protected]
        left inguinal orchiectomy 9/21/2005 > seminoma, stage IIC 12cm x 12cm retroperitoneal mass> 3XBEP completed 11/30/2005 > residual 9cm x 7cm mass removed 3/29/06. All necrotic tissue found > Surveillance

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        • #5
          Hi Hopeful Wife,

          I can tell you that Danny has had major indigestion/acid reflux issues since he began chemo therapy. I would definately talk to your doctors about an often perscribed med such as 'Nexium' or 'Protonics.' The normal doseage is of both of these is 40mg per day, but Danny and people with bad reflux issues can can 80mg per day.

          Hope this helps,
          Michael

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          • #6
            I underwent 4 straight rounds of EP. I found that my stomach was very tempermental throughout the entire ordeal and for a little while after. I found Pepsid AC and Mylanta to be 2 very effective over-the-counter remedies for "sour stomach", etc. Also, my Mom made these homemade grape juice popsicles which really seemed to hit the nausea spot. Just some ideas...
            *Diagnosed 2/26/2007 - left testicle - 2.5 cm mass
            *Radical Orchiectomy 2/29/2007 - embryonic germ cell tumor
            *Initial CT scan revealed one enlarged lymph node at 1.5cmx1.5cm
            *Subsequent CT scan 2 weeks later revealed lymph node had doubled to 2.7cmx2.7cm.
            *Underwent 4 rounds of Chemotherapy (Cisplatin/Etopiside) from March-June 2007
            *CT scan revealed node had shrunk to 0.7cmx0.7cm
            *RPLND surgery performed by Dr. Sheinfeld at MSKCC June 27, 2007

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dannysbrother
              Hi Hopeful Wife,

              I can tell you that Danny has had major indigestion/acid reflux issues since he began chemo therapy. I would definately talk to your doctors about an often perscribed med such as 'Nexium' or 'Protonics.' The normal doseage is of both of these is 40mg per day, but Danny and people with bad reflux issues can can 80mg per day.

              Hope this helps,
              Michael
              Boyce started Protonics during chemp and is still taking it. I think it takes the belly time to adjust. Small meals are also helpful.
              Co-survivor with husband Boyce, Diagnosed 7-11-06, orchiectomy right testicle on 7-12-06- Stage 3A: Mixed germ cell tumor with inguinal seminomatous and kartotypic carcinoma. One tumor over 10 cm, second tumor 4 cm, Chemo 4xBEP: Bi-lateral RPLND Dec 2006, nerve sparing but left sterile.
              Current DVT
              Current testosterone replacement therapy, Testim.

              "You must abandon the life you planned, to live the life that was meant for you" ~wisdom I have learned from my family on this forum

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