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help him move quickly was posted 12/31/2011 08:37 pm by Anonymous
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Agree that a biopsy is a next step - as soon as possible. Like, next week. I'm sure the holidays have slowed things down, so get on the phone first thing monday morning. They should probably run some basic blood test markers at this point (CEA, CA19-9).

In light of your family history, I would prepare myself that it might be cancer, and start looking for a specialist/oncologist, and surgeon in his area. Let us know where you are and maybe we can help. The most reputable places for PC are Johns Hopkins and MD Anderson, with some having good experiences at Columbia.

If they only see a mass on the pancreas tail and no other abnormalities concerning for metastases, then even if it is cancer there is a chance that they can identify it and remove it quickly. I am going to hope that your father is one of the lucky ones, and that having diverticulitis may have saved his life.... since it lead him to get the scan!

So start thinking a little differently. Your dad is extremely lucky that this was discovered, since he has no symptoms at all. So so lucky.



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