Woman Had Stomach Removed to Prevent Cancer?
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The Doctors welcome Emily, who elected to remove her stomach after she tested positive for the CDH1 gene mutation, which gives you an 80 percent chance of getting stomach cancer.
Emily lost her dad to brain cancer, and he -- along with his mom -- all tested positive for the CDH1 gene mutation. This caused Emily, who is only 21, to take matters into her own hands and remove her stomach instead of possibly having to treat possible cancer later. After her stomach was removed doctors discovered she had stage 1 stomach cancer.
"I don't regret it all," she tells us of the removal of her stomach, explaining she witnessed her dad go through rough chemotherapy treatments and she wanted to avoid that.
Surgical oncologist Dr. Jeremy Davis, who treated Emily, tells us her stomach was disconnected and then removed. Next, a part of her intestine was connected to her esophagus, in order for her to still be able to eat. He notes that patients who have this procedure need to eat in a different way than before, but can usually lead a normal life.
Emily says 3 days after the surgery she began eating solid foods again, and now she eats small amounts of food every 2 hours. She tries to eat foods high in protein and fat in order to keep her weight on.
And Emily's battle against getting cancer is not over. She tells us she is also undergoing a double mastectomy in order to reduce her risk of breast cancer. Hear breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk weigh in on Emily's decision in the video below.