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Support System for her was posted 08/20/2016 05:36 pm by Anonymous
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You are a great friend to be willing to step in and do what you can even in terms of learning about options for her. *If she is married, then talk to her husband about what he thinks will be most helpful to the family with the young children as he is probably on overload trying to do his job and support his wife. He might have very specific tasks that friends of her or relatives could then be asked to do. **If she is single, then gently, but firmly help her to understand that she is going to need to have a support system in place for her and her children - and this may well mean in this case help from or more help than she has received from an EX for the sake of the kids. Whether close or not, she needs to have her family knowledgeable about what is happening so that they can step in if things do not go well.

In terms of being Stage 1V, it might be of benefit for her to get a second opinion if she is not being treated at a major cancer center for PC at a place such as Johns Hopkins or MD Anderson depending upon where she resides. Information can even be sent electronically for review on treatment course. If someone could take on the task of looking for clinical trials for her to see what the very specific criteria are, it might at least give her hope if the next course of chemo does not produce the desired results.

I would also say as you read other threads that it is imperative to be sure that her mental health needs are being addressed as well. Also, that she has palliative care doctor or specialists to address side effects as they may come up. Perhaps you could do a research specifically for those who have dealt with a spread to the liver on treatment courses and outcomes. On a daily basis, it really can help if she can keep moving and get exercise by simply walking in and around her home as often as she is up to it. Prayers that the chemo will give her a remission.



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