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Pleural fluid - Can't find Can was posted 10/30/2009 05:58 pm by Nancy in CA
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Had discouraging talk with oncologist today (MDA Dr. Ho). Ken has had pleural effusions since August 2008. I will post history below. Pleural fluid has been drained twice, once in Sept. 09 and then again at MDA in Oct. 09. Both times about 1500 cc from left side. No cancer cells or infection found but local radiation oncologist said the effusions are probably from cancer, DR. Ho said he would be inclined to agree even though nothing can be seen. He also said nothing could be done other than to drain the fluid if Ken has shortness of breath. Dr. Ho said sometimes the chemo can't reach all areas of the body and a small amount of cancer can cause this. What to do? Can a biopsy be taken or chemo injected directly into the pleural space? Doctor actually sounded kind of distant, and almost bored when he was talking with us. Maybe it's just me. God Bless everyone on this board. Nancy

whipple April 08 entire pancreas removed, gemox, 25 radiation treatments w/once a week gemzar - recurrence in abdominal area shortly therafter October 08 or so. CA19-9 never returned o normal, went to MDA in Dec. 08 when CA19-9 went up to 400 - we live in San Francisco Bay area. Ken was treated with GTX locally Feb. 09 through July 09 - all lesions cleared up except a small lesion on T-8 - recently treated with 10 days of radiation.

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