Understanding Stomach Cancer
- In a new update about her health, beloved Atlanta, Ga.-based television news anchor Aungelique Proctor said she’s confident she’s going to beat stomach cancer following news that her tumor is shrinking rapidly.
- Stomach cancer occurs when an abnormal growth of cells begins in the stomach and becomes cancerous.
- Treatment options for this disease include surgery, medications, radiation and chemotherapy. Proctor is taking chemotherapy pills to shrink her tumor as much as possible prior to surgery.
“When you talked to me last time, I felt like we were going to beat this,” the married mom of three girls (Nia, Maesa and Asha) told FOX 5 Atlanta, the station where she works. “I know we’re going to beat it now. I mean, I am in such a better position that I was back then.”Read More
Proctor, now 57, is planning to undergo surgery to remove the tumor, but doctors are doing their best to shrink it before removing it. That’s why Proctor started taking Gleevec (imatinib mesylate), a chemotherapy pill.
Her plan to shrink the tumor seems to be working. In January, when she visited her doctor for additional scans, the tumor had already shrunk from 5 inches to about 2 inches.
“Max (her husband) and I were looking at each other like, this is unbelievable,” she told the television station. “We were blown away!”
And most recently, in early April, when Proctor saw her doctor to set a date for her operation, it was revealed her tumor was down to just 5 centimeters in size.
“He said to us, ‘The tumor is shrinking so well, we’re not going to set a date; you’re going to continue with the chemo pill, the Gleevec, until it won’t shrink anymore,” she said.
The thought of surgery plagued Proctor with a great deal of anxiety, so delaying the operation is welcomed news
“There is going to be a lot of anxiety with the surgery,” she said. “So, the fact we’re putting it off, and continuing the pills — these chemo pills have been just a game changer because I’m not having any side effects, I am just taking it with dinner, and it has been just seamless.”
Another goal of Proctor’s is to get as physically fit as possible before surgery, which is why she’s been working with Georgia-based personal trainer Quentin Pullen, or better known as Coach Q to his clients.
“I was already exercising, but I’m very deliberate about it (now),” Proctor said.
Understanding Stomach Cancer
Stomach cancer occurs when an abnormal growth of cells begins in the stomach and becomes cancerous.
Treatment options for this disease include surgery, medications, radiation and chemotherapy. As previously mentioned, Proctor is taking chemotherapy pills to shrink her tumor as much as possible prior to surgery.
According to the American Cancer Society, there will be about 26,380 new cases of stomach cancer diagnosed in the United States this year (15,900 in men and 10,480 in women).
Stomach cancer typically affects older people, with the average age of diagnosis being 68. About six of every 10 people diagnosed with stomach cancer each year are 65 or older.
Symptoms of this disease include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Feeling bloated after eating
- Feeling full after eating small amounts of food
- Stomach pain
- Unintentional weight loss