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Secondary cancer noncurable

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Hi my partner has secondary stomach cancer had stomach removal 3years ago but it's back in lung liver n sonmwhere else has had 4sets of chemo this one has wiped him out feels light headed an d weak scan shows good reduction in liver one n others not grown going to keep him on herceptin after six sessions questioning wether the last two chemo will do any good as hear only first three or four make a difference has lost lot of weight should we have a Macmillan nurse 

Josie - Macmillan
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Hi Mech,

 Thank you for getting in touch with us. It sounds like your partner has been through a lot recently with positive results. If the oncologist has suggested 6 cycles of chemotherapy, it’s always best to go with their advice. If he is struggling with the effects of this he can ask for a dose reduction which may reduce some of the effects he is having. You could speak to the nurse specialist or oncologist about this.

 Normally when someone is still getting treatment they are assigned a nurse specialist from the hospital. This is normally a source of support or if you have any questions about treatment or symptoms you are concerned about.

 You would usually be referred to MacMillan nurses or palliative nurses in the community when treatment is finished, and your partner is needing some more support with any symptoms. The GP or consultant can make the referral for your partner.

 I hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions, please get in touch by email or phone. The Macmillan Support Line offers practical, clinical, financial and emotional support. You can call us free from landlines and from most mobile phone networks* on 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm.

Best wishes,


Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist