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Treatment options - please hel was posted 12/31/2001 02:29 pm by Lori
E-mail Address: lengelbrecht@alticor.com

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Hi, I posted a message earlier but only heard from 2 people and only one was fairly specific. I am so sorry to bother you but my dad was diagnosed with pc stage IV, mets to the liver, in October (he had a stomach ache, that's all). Three oncologists said that there really was nothing that would help at this stage, but they would try Gemzar (and I have a feeling it was to keep my dad's hopes alive). They discovered the cancer through both CT scan then biopsy. Anyway, he developed an allergic reaction to Gemzar and his lungs filled. He's been in the ICU for two weeks, just taken to a regular room yesterday. They thought he developed a virus or bacterial infection because his immune system was weakened by the chemo, but after many tests, finally found that it was an allergic reaction. They treated him with steriods and slowly but surely, he came around. Today, he has the ventilator and feeding tube out, but he still can't move very much (he's very weak).

I'm trying to get anything, ANYTHING that might help him that is not Gemzar. His oncologists are known as the best group in GR Michigan but they don't seem to know what to do with him now!!! Therefore, I need to find out every treatment option I can and get on with helping him in any way. So please, any and all treatment detail that you think might help is welcome!!!!!!

Thank you for your kindness and compassion. It's nice not to feel alone.

Lori

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