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Dad's Diagonsis was posted 09/30/2003 11:04 pm by Liz
E-mail Address: rerwisniewski@aol.com

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My father, age 68, was diagonosed with PC by accident. He went to the doctor in June for acid reflux. He was told to try Prevacid and the pain did not go away. My dad had an upper GI done and they found he had an ulcer on his stomach and an ulcerated esphogus. They biopsied the ulcer and found H-Pilori bacteria. The doctor gave my dad a Prev-pak for 14 days and my dad feel great. Hecontinued on with testing (ultrasound) to make sure that there were no other ulcers and that's when they found the tumor on the body of the pancreas. There were also spots on the liver. He had those biopsied on September 5th and told on the 8th that he has Stage 4 adenocarinoma of the pancreas and that it has spread to the liver. The pathologist could not get enough cells to biopsy through the ultrasound so my dad had to go into the CAT scan to have these cells harvested. My father is totally asymptomatic. The oncologist asked him 20 questions and all my dad's answers were 'no'. The tumor is 4.3 cm x 3.5 cm. Dad will be going for his third chemo treatment tomorrow. He is doing Gemzar. He feels great and is eating like a pig. He built my husband some shelves for our garage and even helped us with a neighborhood garage sale. I don't understand this disease. The doc says that his tumor has been in him anywhere from 3 to 5 years. Has anyone had a similar experience of this sort? How long did they survive? The doctor says we will go day by day, and days turn to weeks and weeks become months and before you know it, a year will go by. It's such a nightmare and my mother is trying to be strong for us. He feels no pain right now, but when does it get bad? Thank you for your honest thoughts and thank you for letting me speak.

Liz

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