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Mom was posted 02/28/2003 11:48 pm by Trenna
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I am new like many others. Really don't know where to start. My mom was diagnosed in January with PC. She is 65 years old. Her dad died of PC in January 22 years ago. I was 11 years old and remember the day vividly. What a blow this has been to our family! My grandpa had no chance. The doctors opened him up to see what was wrong with him and basically closed him back up. He died four days later. To say the least, when we first found out about my mom, our emotions ran rampid and the level of fear has been extremely high. So many emotions have gone through my mind. I know every one can relate!

I don't know the stage or the size (but I am going to find out). Her oncologist stated that she is not qualified to have surgery because of vein involvement. She has started treatments. Her oncologist says this a very new treatment. It consists of 5FU two times per day on days 1-14, and then Gemzar and Taxotere on days 4 and 11. This treatment is given for 3 weeks then a week is taken off. She just finished her second set and had a scan yesterday. We don't find out results until Monday.

I have been frantically searching every available site on the internet. I truly believe that one cannot have too much information about this nasty disease. My siblings can't understand how I can keep digging for more information. They find it to be too depressing. I say knowledge is power and the more we have the better we all will be.

The information I have read here is wonderful, inspiring, and the list goes on and on. I have my list of questions in hand to ask the oncologist on Monday. My parents have not sought for a second opinion. I question their decision and am continually asking them to seek another opinion. I truly want what is best for my mom. She is my inspiration and the thought of her not seeking the best possible treatment is killing me. We live in Idaho - 200 miles from Salt Lake City. Anyone have any good advice on where we should go for another opinion? I have researched many different facilities throughout the country, but it is so difficult to pin point, which facility is the best. I will take any and all advice from anyone. Thanks for your help! Any glimmer of hope is greatly appreciated!!!! -- Trenna

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