My father was diagnosed with stomach cancer yesterday. He has been told he needs a procedure of shaving the cancer under general anaesthetic. Please can you let me know if this means the cancer has been found early and what he will need in terms of support post op. My Dad is 80 and so is my Mum. Mum has heart failure. I am not sure she will cope if there is a lot of care to be given.
Thank you so much
Thank you for getting in touch. My name is Kat, I am one of the Cancer Information Nurses on the support line. I am sorry to hear of your father’s cancer diagnosis. It must have as a shock to you all.
As a nurse on this platform it is difficult to say how advanced your father’s cancer is. There are many different types of surgery for stomach cancer, each requiring a different level of support. There are surgeries that can include getting part of the stomach lining removed if the cancer has been identified early. Other surgeries involve removing parts or all of the stomach. Your father’s treatment team will decide on the treatment depending on how advanced the cancer is (stage) and how fast the cancer is growing (grade).
If your father gives you permission, you could ask to speak to his treatment team to discuss the surgery he is going to have. You may want to ask your father if has been introduced to a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). They work along side the consultant and usually invited to call the CNS if they have any questions.
If you are concerned about the level of care your father may need after discharge, it is important that you let the treatment team know. As part of discharge planning the hospital should assess what care your father will need. District Nurses can be arranged if your father needs wound care. If your father needs assistance with personal care when discharged intermediate care can be arranged. This means he can get carers to help him for free for up to a period of six weeks.
It is important that you and your parents know what support is available if you need to access this. Your fathers GP will be in over all charge of his care when he is discharged home. If you feel that he needs extra support, you can speak to the GP they can help arrange this.
It can sometimes be helpful to speak to one of our nurses. It is sometimes helpful to speak to someone and go over things in more detail.
Please don’t hesitate to get back in touch either on this platform or by giving us a call on 0808 808 00 00 we are open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm.
Best wishes and take care,
Cancer Information Nurse Specialist
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