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Dear Friends, 

This past month has been particularly hard for me, and I’ve been struggling with the unfortunate turn of events that can happen when one faces stomach cancer.

My dear friend, Lexy Patton, passed away at age 28 years old. She started a movement by raising awareness and sharing her story.

And one part of her story was the delay in diagnosis. It took her almost 4 months to get a diagnosis though she was dealing with symptoms. 

Today, in this newsletter I am going to shift the narrative in her honor because we need better diagnostic tools to diagnose stomach cancer early.

For example, it was recently discovered through endoscopy with biopsy that I, myself, have irreversible chronic gastritis. This rather invasive endoscopy took roughly about 7 months to be approved by insurance.

However, I am now empowered with this information. With the right team of doctors and surveillance, I have faith that I will be okay.

Today, I ask you to join our next webinar on October 15 with the SU2C Gastric Cancer Interception Research Team: Early Detection and Interception of Diffuse and Intestinal Gastric Cancer.

This team will identify new approaches for the early detection of stomach cancer and early recurrence of cancer through blood, poop, and capsule imaging.

Moreover, this work can save so many lives and we need your continued support. We need to create a demand in this field of research!

Friends as always, I thank you for making all our programs successful.



Executive Director/Founder



SU2C Gastric Cancer Interception Research Team: Early Detection And Interception Of Diffuse And Intestinal Gastric Cancer

Oct. 15th, 11 AM PST: Join Dr. Andy Chan, Dr. Sandra Ryeom and, Dr. David Drew  

Our group of presenting doctors are members of the Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) Gastric Interception Team.  It was launched to identify new approaches for the early detection and recurrence of stomach (gastric) cancer.

And the purpose of this webinar is to provide an update on the work by the SU2C team and implications for gastric cancer detection and treatment.  Learn more HERE.

Hope For Stomach Cancer Webinars


View All Upcoming And Watch Past Webinars HERE.


Spotlight On:
Dr. Andrew Chan

Dr. Andrew T. Chan is a gastroenterologist, epidemiologist, and an international expert in cancer prevention and interception.  He leads several seminal studies examining the role of aspirin, diet, and the gut microbiome on cancer risk.

And Dr. Chan is also the leader of the SU2C Gastric Cancer Interception Research Team.

Plus he's a leader on the COVID Symptom Study.

Also, you can catch Dr. Chan on our upcoming webinar mentioned above - Early Detection And Interception Of Gastric Cancer.  So register now!

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 October 25th with two oncologists: Dr. Sam Klempner and Sunnie Kim.

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

 Lexy Patton 
2/6/93 - 9/20/21

On September 20, our stomach cancer community lost our own dear friend, Lexy Patton at only 28 years old.  Lexy was a fierce warrior who faced cancer with so much grace and brought a lot of awareness to our cause. 

We will deeply miss her but her story will forever live on.  She created a deep and powerful impact and created this video during her battle.

Sending our deepest condolences to her husband Nick who stood by her side every second, her parents, Wael and Rebecca Elmaksoud, her brothers, nephews, her in-laws, Dawn Carter Patton, and all her friends and family.

Lexy's full obituary.  Forever in our hearts.  💜


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.



Did you know that Holly Clegg’s Eating Well to Fight Arthritis has a wealth of antioxidant and phytochemical-rich recipes to help reduce inflammation?

Simple Salmon with Spinach Feta Stuffing

Freezer friendly, Gluten free

This simple and superb salmon is impressive to eat and has become one of everyone's favorites.

 Makes 4 servings 

  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped baby spinach
  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion    
  1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine cream cheese and feta with a fork, mixing until blended. Add onion and spinach, combining well.
  3. Split each piece of salmon in half lengthwise without cutting all the way through (make a pocket). Divide filling in each fillet spreading to cover. Place top salmon piece back overfilling and on a prepared baking dish. Bake 20 minutes or until flaky and done. 

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 291 Calories from fat 37% Fat 11g Saturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 114mg Sodium 438mg Carbohydrate 3g Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 1g Protein 42g Dietary Exchanges: 5 lean meat 

Nutritional Nugget: Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, having a wide variety of benefits from reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke to reducing joint pain from inflammation – and is better absorbed through food than supplements. Not only is salmon rich in omega-3 fatty acids, it is also an excellent source of bone maintaining vitamin D and selenium – helping prevent oxidative stress and inflammation.


Hope for Stomach Cancer
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