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Stage 4 PC was posted 10/27/2018 03:38 pm by Anonymous
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I am sorry to hear of your Father's diagnosis. There is lots of info. on line, much of it questionable so you do have to be careful. I had surgery for PC as mine was early state and treatable. I do not mean to be hard, but stage 4 PC is usually not resectable, and when surgery is not an option, doctors inform the patient that any treatment such as chemotherapy is palliative - intended to help relieve some symptoms of PC, and also perhaps buy some time for the patient. There are no tests for early detection of PC. By the time symptoms appear it is almost always at advanced stages, ie. metastasized to other organs. I think the hard thing for families in particular is facing the possible loss of a loved one. And also anticipating their suffering. Have you asked the doctor to meet with the family without your Father's presence. Perhaps you could schedule an appointment with the doctor while your father is in chemo treatment in the infusion lab. Your father would need to give permission for the doctor to discuss his health situation with you if he has not done so already (HIPPA regulations - most major hospitals and doctors apply the rules very seriously). I am guessing your father knows the odds on this, that his doctor was clear and he understood what was being said. That he wanted to try and put off the bad news as long as possible. I do hope the chemo works for him, and that he can have some good quality time with you and his loved ones. Maybe this is what the focus should be. I am sorry if this message seems harsh, it is not intended to be.

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