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Reply was posted 06/17/2016 10:02 pm by Stephanie
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Firstly I want to tell you I feel very close to you! I know how it feels when it comes with these horrible doubts and decisions. My Mum had a big tumor too, borderline resectable, close to blood vessel. We went to the main centre for PC(!!!) in our country ( Mum did not want to travel to Baltimore, we are far, in Europe) and met a surgeon who advised for surgery straight away. A biopsy was done( malignant cells found) and then surgery after 3 months(!!!). Mum suffered ALOT after the surgery, pain never disappeared after that nor the cancer did. If surgeon cannot guarantee wide enough resection margins it is better to do nothing( this according to a paper I found...and personal experience, unfortunately). So I think it was good that your father was suggested to do chemo to start. With some chemo you can also have some treatments with herbs to enhance effect( but ask a doctor) and supplements to improve quality of life while on chemo and help his immune system( you could ask a Naturopatic doctor). Also when/if surgery is done you can send some cells to a lab to test chemos and help the choice of the next treatment. As far as immunotherapy I heard that many people had good results and have fewer side effects compared to chemo ( It was too late for my Mum to try it). Most of all make sure your father enjoys his time and makes what he dreamed about: Mum did not and this is a big pain/ regret for me now that she is not with me anymore. I do hope it was not such a pain for her as well and could not think too much about it..even if once she said' wish I had never had the surgery' and was painful to hear that. I am not saying things will be so bad for your father as it was for my Mum but I think life should be lived to the full ( this is in general, for all of us) and an happy life also helps strenghten your body and better fight the cancer( again not my opinion but according to scientific papers). That's it: just wanted to tell you what I have learned during my Mum's illness and what I got to know too late for her. Wish your father to beat this horrible disease. All the best to you both

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