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    cheris
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    Hello, everyone,

    I am very concerned about my recurrence of stomach issues. For the past few months, I’ve been losing my appetite and when I do eat, I can only eat a little before I feel that I have to stop. These are exactly the symptoms that I had last year, and after countless tests and blood transfusions they finally found a tumor in my small intestine. My daughter wants me to call the oncologist, but I have scans on Feb. 6, which I’m sure will find a problem. I just had scans last month which showed a lymph node that enlarged again. I just hate to go through so many tests again for nothing. What would you do? I have such respect for everyone in this forum. Thank you.

    Cheris

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    Annieo
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    Hi Cheris,

    I would definitely let my oncologist know if I were you. I’m not being an alarmist but I do think that it is really important that you are your own best advocate. Tell him your concerns and let him call the shots. You may not think that Feb 6th is very far away but it is a long time when you are waiting around and worrying.

    I have been anxious the last few months over symptoms that appeared and were every similar to those I that I had last year due to a recurrence. Understandably, one would worry in the situation. For me, however, I am thinking that my recent symptoms are surgery related. I did alert my specialists. I needed them to hear my concerns. As a result, I will have an mri in the next week or two. I would have had to wait until next March had I not voiced my concerns to them.

    I hope you find your answers soon Cheris. Your daughter is a great support to you I’m sure. Please do give your oncologist a call even if it is simply for the sake of having peace of mind.

    Best wishes,

    Anne

    #66133
    odonoghue80
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    Hi, I’m sorry to hear of your stomach issues – that’s no fun. To me, if you are having stomach pain, and have no appetite, I think it’s worth contacting your oncologist. As the other person said, you are your best advocate. If something is off or you don’t feel right, you should contact your oncologist and maybe they can at least up your appointment. Does your oncologist respond to email? Send your doc an email and ask their opinion. I just think it’s better to speak up, than wait.

    Good luck,

    Shane

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    cheris
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    Thank you for your opinions. I really respect your knowledge. It’s so nice to have a place to go when anxious.

    Cheris

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