The cancer grows on the outside lining of the stomach and an endoscopy is typically able to detect the cancer once it reaches its final stages.This was the case of Heather's mother who after feeling sick went in for a scan that didn't detect anything, but six months later the cancer had consumed almost all of her stomach and within months had spread everywhere.
It is typically detected through an endoscopy once it is already in stage 3 or 4.
Heather said her body gives other cues if it has been too long since eating including becoming lightheaded, lethargic and fatigued.
My mom, grandma and older sister have all had their gallbladders removed.
For the past month, I have been getting nauseated and/or experiencing pain in my upper belly after many meals.
The difficulties lie in making sure Heather gets enough nutrients.