How long can someone survive if shot in the stomach?

Five-Year Survival Rates

After being diagnosed with stomach cancer, 31.5% of people survive five years or more. These five-year survival rates are taken from the National Cancer Institute's SEER Program database (SEER stands for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results).

That said, it's essential to understand this percentage takes into account everyone with stomach cancer, regardless of their cancer stage—and the stage of stomach cancer can drastically affect prognosis. In fact, the lower your stomach cancer stage at the time of diagnosis, the better the survival rate, and the better your prognosis.

The stages of stomach cancer are based on how far the tumor has spread within the layers of the stomach, as well as whether the cancer cells have spread to lymph nodes or tissues or organs outside of the stomach.

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Cancer stats explained

See information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of our statistics.

Cancer stats explained

Stage IV Stomach Cancer

Stage IV means the cancer has spread to organs that are far away from the stomach like the liver, lungs, brain, or bones—this is called metastatic stomach cancer. The five-year survival rate for stage IV stomach cancer is 4%.

Over-the-Counter Medications

We very rarely use chemical medications, but I do keep these on hand for extremely sparing use.

Anti-diarrheals

The most common type of anti-diarrheal is the compound Loperamide Hydrochloride (found in Immodium or Kaopectate). It works by slowing the propulsion of intestinal contents by the abdominal muscles.

The most common side effects of loperamide are stomach pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, sleepiness, fatigue, and dehydration. According to the National Library of Medicine, loperamide hydrochloride can actually paralyze the intestines in a condition called paralytic ileus. This means that the intestines no longer participate in digestion, and do not push the stool along for excretion.

Many natural practitioners feel that diarrhea should not be stopped – that the body is naturally ridding itself of viruses or toxins. As well, the overuse of antidiarrheals can result in constipation so severe that medical intervention becomes necessary.

Anti-Nauseants

Anti-nauseants are also called anti-emetics.  The most popular brands contain dimenhydrinate(found in Dramamine and Gravol).

According to the Alberta Health Services website, the medication (sold under the brand name Gravol in Canada) can have a number of side effects.  There has also been a noted problem with abuse of medications containing dimenhydrinate, so those medications have been relegated to “behind the counter.”

At recommended doses, Gravol can cause drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision. It can impair your concentration and motor coordination. For these reasons, you should use Gravol with caution if driving or doing other things that require you to be fully alert. It can be especially dangerous to combine it with alcohol and other depressant drugs.  Dry mouth, excitation and nervousness (especially in children) are other side effects.   At lower doses, you can experience feelings of well-being and euphoria. At higher doses you can hallucinate. Taking Gravol with alcohol, codeine and other depressant drugs intensifies these effects. Large doses can cause sluggishness, paranoia, agitation, memory loss, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and difficulty swallowing and speaking.

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