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Dear Friends,

November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month; a time to highlight and raise awareness for this “rare” cancer that has greatly impacted and devasted our lives. Think about how much our lives would have been different had we known such cancer existed and the symptoms to look out for. Let’s share with the world what we know in Hopes that we can spare someone else.

There are several ways you can forward the cause. Change your profile frame on Facebook to one of our Hope for Stomach Cancer Frames or you can share your story! You can start a fundraiser on Facebook.  If you’d like to host an event, please feel free to contact us. We will support you and ensure its success!

Finally, we are bringing the team back from our webinar last year on Surgical Strategies for Stage 4: PIPAC | HIPEC | IP Chemo to share exciting updates. If you missed our 2020 presentation – you can catch it here or download the slides here. However, this town-hall style webcast on Nov 8 at 10 AM PST | 1 PM  EST will answer any questions you may have regarding these novel therapies. Register today right here! Our 'hope' is to have these therapies available as a standard of care.

Friends as always, I thank you for making all our programs successful. Together, we will find a cure.


Executive Director/Founder



for Stage IV Stomach Cancer



Nov. 8th, 2021, 10 AM PST: Join us for a townhall-style conversation and update on Surgical Strategies for Stage IV Stomach Cancer.  The webcast will discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary team in peritoneal-directed therapies.

Moderator: Samuel Klempner, MD

World-Renowned Panelists: 

  • Dr. Andrew M. Blakely
  • Dr. Yanghee Woo
  • Dr. Brian Badgwell
  • Dr. Oliver Eng

Hope webinars are free but registration is required. Learn more and register HERE.

Hope For Stomach Cancer Webinars


View All Upcoming And Watch Past Webinars HERE.


Aki Smith Receives
Partnership Award!

The Professional Partnership Award is a way for the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group to recognize other organizations that work to promote the role of nutrition in oncology care.  

This year the ON DPG has recognized Aki Smith, the founder and Executive Director of Hope For Stomach Cancer!  So congrats to our leader - Aki!

Esophageal and Stomach Cancer Monthly Support Group Meeting for Stage IV

VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUPS: Esophageal and Stomach Cancer Stage IV Meeting for Patients And Caregivers

Join us for the next zoom meeting on November 22nd with two guest oncologists:

  • Dr. Michael Gibson, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Dr. Paul Oberstein, NYU Langone Cancer Center

Hope for Stomach Cancer and Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation has organized a monthly support meeting for stage 4 patients and caregivers facing Esophageal, GE Junction, or Stomach (Gastric) cancers.  (more info and dates here) 

*Please note these meetings are not recorded.*



Stomach cancer patients and caregivers do not have to 'go it alone!'

Hope In A Bag is packed with resources designed specifically for navigating stomach cancer.  There's absolutely no charge and it's available in both English and Spanish HERE.


Story of the Month 

A culinary expert and best-selling cookbook author, Holly Clegg was featured on many national shows and magazines and consulted for national brands and hospitals throughout the country.  

On August 8, 2018, Holly Clegg was diagnosed with stomach cancer, with zero risk factors and only five days of symptoms. As someone who liked to cook, loved to eat and enjoyed being a cookbook author, she never in her wildest dreams thought she would be diagnosed with cancer, especially gastric cancer.  

Holly’s life revolved around her family and nutritious food, so she was completely blindsided!  

Clegg participated in the first completed clinical trial of cytoreduction (surgical removal of cancerous tissue) and HIPEC used together for gastric cancer in the U.S. 

After undergoing chemo, having a gastrectomy, and fighting like a warrior, she transitioned to hospice in June 2019 and established the Holly Clegg Gastric Cancer Research Fund with her family. Surrounded by her family, she passed away peacefully on November 1, 2019.  💜


Share Your Story

November is Stomach Cancer Month and you can help raise awareness by sharing your story.

We are committed to informing the public about stomach cancer and, most importantly, spreading HOPE.  If you have a personal experience to share, please reach out and share your story.



Stomach Cancer Support 

Stomach Cancer Support is the name of our new Facebook Group.  It's a closed private group. 

Here stomach cancer patients, survivors, caretakers, and loved ones share, ask, receive and give support.    

Join HERE and help bridge the gap between research and patient care.


Spotlight On:
Dr. Oliver Eng

Oliver Eng, MD, is a double board-certified surgeon and surgical oncologist who focuses on the treatment of cancer in the abdomen, and in particular, cancers that have spread to the peritoneum, the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity. He specializes in complex cytoreductive surgery and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for locally advanced and metastatic cancers which have disseminated in the abdomen. HIPEC entails delivering high-dose heated chemotherapy in the operating room after surgical removal of visible disease and is effective in different types of cancers.


Holly Clegg’s immediate post-op HIPEC recipe. Visit Holly's blog to read more about her and get more recipes.  

Roasted Chicken Soup with Rice 

Freezer friendly, Gluten-free, Diabetic friendly

With Rotisserie chicken and canned chicken broth, you can easily make this simple, nourishing and comforting chicken soup.

Makes 8 (1-cup) servings   

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 6 cups low-sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 cups diced skin removed Rotisserie chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In large nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion, carrots, and celery 5-7 minutes or until tender.   Add broth and thyme: bring to boil and add rice.
  2. Lower heat, cover and cook about 15 minutes or until rice is tender.  Add chicken and heat 5 minutes.

Terrific Tip:  Keep bouillon cubes or jars of bouillon on hand for a plain cup of soup until feeling better

Nutritional Nugget: Protein rich soups and broths are excellent to replenish nutrients when experiencing diarrhea. 

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 98, Calories from Fat 14%, Fat 1 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 32 mg, Sodium 189 mg, Carbohydrates 8 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Total Sugars 2 g, Protein 13 g, Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 lean meat


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