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Advice needed was posted 07/31/2002 05:30 pm by John
E-mail Address: cegielsk@purdue.edu

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Hello...here's my situation...

My dad was dx'ed in February with PC & had a partial Whipple. Thank God to this point he is doing great (despite some unrelenting itching). He finished radiation at the beginning of June (the Oncologist stopped his chemo after only 2 weeks of treament b/c of the itching), and his last cancer markers came back normal (taken in the middle of June).

The Oncologist does not want to see back until September, and he won't have his markers checked again until then. My gut feeling, based on the info I've seen on PC is that he should be checked with greater frequency (at the very least, I don't think it could hurt). He's only 5 months post-whipple; is waiting over two months to have his markers checked (and even better, a cat scan) too long?

In thoery I know I should just just the Oncologists professionalism, but this is hard when dealing with something so important. Does anybody have any info. on how often a PC patient should be checked (i.e., a timetable)?

A sincere thanks for any help, your all in my thoughts & prayers!



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