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Have stage 4/5 stomach cancer, on steroids. Weight loss,appetite loss but mobile. Life expectancy?

Hi my mum has stomach cancer and is on stage 4/5. She has recently been put on steriods, oral morphine and has a patch on her upper arm . She takes around 15ml of oral morphine when the pain breaks through which is usually after 7/8 hours at present. My question is although my mum has loss weight (not too much) and her appitite has decresed but, she still manages to eat small amounts (sometimes she vomits after she eats) my mum is still very mobile when she is not in pain, she can walk around, and do most things- does this refer to what stage she may be in her life? ie if she is mobile does that mean she still has longer to live?
Asked On : Thu, 14 Jun 2012
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General Surgeon 's  Response
stage cancer means that it has spread to lymph nodes and distant organs. It is incurable but patient can can be provided with good life by palliative gastrectomy and chemoradiation. Average survival is 14-15 months with 5 year survival of 4.6%. How long an individual survives depends upon various factors related to patient , type of cancer, extent of disease, palliative treatment offered.
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Oncologist, Surgical Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim M's  Response

I think Your mum must be having stage 4 stomach cancer. There is no stage 5. If she had been already staged properly as stage 4 then all the medications which she takes will not cure or control her disease. It will be progressing slowly inside her body. Its a good news that she can tolerate oral feeds. This definitely will improve her general condition and her body's immunity. Though this may not increase her survival significantly it will definitely improve her quality of life. All she needs is good nutritious food, pain relief, love and care.....

Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim
Surgical Oncologist
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