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    Worried about stomach cancer (24 year old male)


    For the past month I have been having stomach pains primarily on my left side. I also have been having nausea on and off but when it comes it can last for 8+ hours. The pain sometimes radiates to my back. I have had a loss of appetite. If I walk long distances it begins to hurt. I feel bloated 24/7 like my stomach is about to pop. All my blood work has been normal so far, no pancreatitis. I had an ultrasound that showed a few gallstones. I had a CT scan done 9 months ago for an unrelated issue and that was normal. I have an endoscopy scheduled for tomorrow morning and Iím afraid of the worst. The doctor thinks it may be an ulcer but he said he couldnít rule out cancer. Iím afraid.

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    Although its certainly "possible" you could have stomach cancer, it is an exceedingly rare disease for someone as young as yourself. The peak age for people to be diagnosed with stomach cancer is 75 to 79, folks 3 times as old as you are.

    Cancers are mostly diseases of degeneracy, they take a long time for it to develop.
    Nov 2013 PSA 4.2 Biopsy Jan 2014- 1 core positive, 20% Gleason 6, doctor highly reco'ed robotic RP - 2nd opinion at UPMC April 2014, put on active surveillance. 2nd biopsy Feb 2015, results negative. PSA test Feb 2016, 3.5. 3rd Biopsy Feb 2016. 3 positive cores less than 5%, Gleason 6. Octotype DX done April 2016, GPS Score of 24--rated "Low risk". PSA test 8/2016, 3.2. PSA test 1/2018 2.2 (after 7 months of proscar) PSA test 7/2018 2.3, PSA test 7/2019 2.0

    DOB 1956, in Pittsburgh, USA

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    As Southsider suggested, it would be extremely rare and unusual for you to have stomach cancer at such an early age. We have a very limited knowledge of your medical history, and couldn't possibly diagnose you with something based on the few symptoms you mentioned. Your best bet is to continue to work with your doctor, get the tests they recommend, and work through whatever outcome.
    Age 54 Male
    early Feb, 2013 - Noticed almond-sized lump in shaving area, right side of neck. No other "classic" cancer symptoms
    late Feb, 2013 - Visited PCP for check-up, PCP advised as lymphoma. Did blood work, orders for CT-scan, referred to ENT
    3/7/13 - CT-scan inconclusive, endoscopy negative
    3/9/13 - FNA of neck mass
    3/14/13 - Received dx of squamous-cell carcinoma, unknown primary
    3/25/13 - CT-PET scan reveals no other active tumors
    3/26/13 - work/up for IMRT
    4/1/13 - W1, D1 of weekly cetuximab
    4/8/13 - W1, D1 of IMRT
    5/20/13 - complete 8 week regimen of weekly cetuximab
    5/24/13 - Complete 35-day regimen of daily IMRT
    mid-July 2013 - CT-PET scan reveals no active tumors, but shows necrotic tissue at site of original tumor
    early Sept 2013 - partial neck dissection to remove necrotic tissue. Assay shows no cancer present.
    Spring 2014 - No signs of cancer
    Spring 2015 - NED
    Spring 2016 - NED
    Spring 2017 - NED
    Spring 2018 - NED
    Spring 2019 - NED


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