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Denise was posted 03/01/2001 07:09 pm by Penny
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Denise....My mom was diagnosed Aug. 20th and just passed away February 20th. When she was first diagnosed there was no spreading to other organs. When they got all done with the tests 6 weeks later and were ready to treat her, it had spread to her liver and they had to change treatments (and of course her chance for survival was SIGNIFICANTLY reduced). THIS CANCER GROWS VERY FAST in almost all cases. The IMPORTANT THING for your friend to know is to PUSH PUSH PUSH to get the tests done and in treatment ASAP. Also, If your friends Dr. has little or no experience with PC she needs to switch and switch now. The longer she waits to do this, the worse off she will be because most dr.s will want to do their own tests. FIND A GOOD DR. NOW! I hope that this hasn't scared you, it's important for them to know. Try to encourage them to start researching different types of treatment so when the Dr. talks to them it will be easier to determine what they want to do. My parents couldn't do this as they weren't mentally ready for this. I took over on the internet and found out anything that I could and filled them in. Only 10% of patients can have surgery, that's why I would encourage you to start looking at treatments beyond surgery so that you have your bases covered. I know it is a lot to take in, but in this case Dr.s don't always know for sure what to do so anything that you can find out will help the situation. ALSO....when they do the biopsy (which I'm sure they will do) have them have IMMUNOHISTOCHEMICAL STAINS done from the very beginning. This helps determine the TYPE of PC and will help in choosing a treatment significantly. Not all Dr.s do this if can be very important to know this...so educate your friends about this. For more info on these use search below. My thoughts are with you....Penny

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