Stomach cancer took the lives of five family members

Ravindra and Meeta Singh benefit from knowledge of a CDH1 gene mutation in their family, and have opted for prophylactic gastrectomy – complete removal of their stomachs as a preventive measure.

From This Morning, a TV program in the United Kingdom
Two sisters living without stomachs Ravindra and Meeta Singh opted to have their stomachs removed to prevent cancer

2 Responses to Stomach cancer took the lives of five family members

  1. j lawrence says:

    HI, I AM JAN .THIS TIME NEXT WEEK IM HAVING MY STOMACH REMOVED AT THE PETER MAC IN MELBOURNE .AFTER DNA TESTING FOR THE CDH1 GENE ,WAS TOLD I WAS A CARRIER.AFTER 3 TESTS I WAS TOLD I HAD STOMACH CANCER IN EARLY STAGE.(HERES HOPING).I HAVE LOST 2 DEAR BROS OVER THE LAST 10 YRS.IF ONLY THE DNA FOR THIS GENE WAS AVAILABLE THEN!!!!I ALSO HAVE A BRO LIVING WITHOUT A STOMACH FOR THE PAST 25 YRS,HE HAD OP BECAUSE HE VOMITED BLOOD,ONLY THEN WAS THE CANCER FOUND. TODAY HE IS HAPPY N HEALTHY.MY DEAR DAD AT 93 HAD DNA,HE TOO IS A CARRIER BUT HAS NEVER BEEN ILL.HAS SOME DRS BEWILDED.IN THE PAST 6 MONTHS MY SON (40)A NEICE AND NEPHEW HAVE BEEN TESTED,ALL ARE CARRIERS AND DECEIDING WHEN OR IF TO HAVE THEIR STOMACHS REMOVED.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Jan
      I hope your stomach surgery went well. I am a 45 year old woman in America and my sister, my cousin, and my Aunt and I all had our stomachs removed becsue of the CDH1 mutation. I had mine done 4 years ago in Chicago. I am here to tell you that I remember the first month after my surgery and the next year, really, was quite an adjustment. I lost a lot of weight and really worked hard to eat! Today, I am fairly healthy, though still about 10 pounds underweight, but am very active and with energy enough to go back to my teaching job, 2nd grade! It will get better and easier with time. If you would like any tips, my sister and I have tons! Email me if you want. Truly, you are very brave, keep taking it one day at a time!

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