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Pancreas CancerLisa, candid response.... was posted 09/30/2003 09:02 pm by Carol in MI
You are describing my dad's situation almost to a 't', though everyone's
battle with pc is unique and different. Dad fought a blood infection from
early August until mid-September. He spent most of his time over the nearly 5
weeks in the hospital or in a nursing center being treated with IV
antibiotics (vincomyacin--spelling?). They finally identified it as a MRSA
infection, a very bad kind. Unfortunately in mid-July he was also diagnosed
with mets to his liver. He had to stop his Gemzar chemo just before that due
to complications, including the jaundice due to his liver not draining
properly, hence the need for the stent they placed in the bile duct.
They never did determine exactly what, if anything, was contributing to or
causing his blood infection. They ruled out the stent. Then at one point they
thought it was his chemo port and thought they might have to remove it. Then
they said it wasn't the port, that people with pc sometimes have elevated
white blood counts (but come on, his was 14,000+ one time and 26,000+
another). I think the blood infection, coupled with the liver issues, along
with the cancer itself was more than his body could fight any longer. Sadly
he passed away on September 10.
I am happy to answer any more questions you might have. I hope I have not
upset you but I wanted you to know that this infection thing is not an exact
science. Dad's infectious disease doctors were never really sure. I just
don't know what else to share specifically. Feel free to ask. Hugs and
continued prayers for you and your mom. Carol
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