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What are your options? was posted 10/31/2010 12:38 pm by DD
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I think now would be the time to have some serious discussions with your doctor(s) about every treatment option and the risks of each, side effects of each, pros and cons. If it were me I'd get multiple opinions from various doctors - radiation oncologists, chemo oncologists, even gastro doctors who are familiar with PC. Each will have a unique perspective.

And you have to figure out what you want. Do you want to fight as hard as possible? Just control symptoms and try to slow cancer growth? Something in the middle? Figuring out what you want may guide your decision too...and make sure your doctors know what your priorites are. Some people choose to fight with every medicine that's out there. Others choose minimal treatment to maximize quality of life and minimize trips to the doctor's office/hospital.

Please also talk to your family about your wishes and make sure everything financially and legally is in order. Sometimes this cancer progresses with a vengance and I know it would bring your family a lot of peace if you made sure everything like that was taken care of, 'just in case.'

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