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Orly - PC in the Tail was posted 03/30/2001 06:54 pm by Suzy-I
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My father's PC was in the tail of the pancreas. In many respects, he was 'lucky' to have the PC in the tail, rather than the head of the pancreas. Because it was in the tail, he did not have many of the symptoms that others have. For instance, he never got jaundiced, he did not need a stent, he did not have ascites. He never had to be hospitalized. His main symptoms were back and abdominal pain, loss of weight, slightly swollen ankles, and depression. He did not have nausea, or throw up his food or bile, except for the last two days of his life. At that point, he was unable to keep his medications down.

Pancreatic cancer is an awful disease, no matter where it starts. But I am grateful that his journey through his illness was not as bad as it could have been if his cancer had been in the head.

My father did not have any chemo or radiation, since it was already too far advanced by the time it was diagnosed. He went directly into a hospice program.

I wish you and your father the best.

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