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Belinda was posted 09/30/2001 09:24 pm by Lillie
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Belinda, we sometimes learn things after the fact as in our story...Dad had a whipple the cancer was 1 cm with no lymph node involvement. Dad was offered chemo and radiation if he wanted to take it. The oncologist and the radiologist said they had no case studies to go by with no lymph node invovlement. They both called MD Anderson to get their thoughts. MD anderson said to offer him the Gemcitibine but if he didn't want it just do a wait and see. Stupid mistake on our part dads cancer was back in 3 1/2 months. After going through the worst surgery in the world I ask myself now WHY WHY didn't we insist on chemo and radiation. We must remember they only take a sampling of the nodes and they leave a lot of nodes...it only takes one of those left ones to be positive. Dads surgery was Oct 13, I admited dad back into the hospital on Jan 3, in congestive heart failure and fluid on his lung. The drained fluid was sent to cytology and it came back suspicious of cancer. After furthur test we found out dad now had mets to the lung. Belinda, I hope I am not upsetting you with our story but do get mama back to the doctor and demand test to be done to see whats causing her problems, I pray your story does not end like ours did. Hugs Lillie

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