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My boyfriend, age 60, was diagnosed with PC Stage III (adenocarcinoma on the pancreas head) in Oct 2002. We were so stunned that we did not have any time to do thorough research before he followed his physician's advice & had the Whipple Procedure. His physicians were amazed by how well he recovered from this major surgery & he seemed to be able to manage the diabetes with insulin shots. He began chemo approx. 4 months after surgery. His first round of treatments included Gemzar, which seemed to slow the growth of the tumor. However, the situation changed. The tumor markers increased & scan results indicated that the tumor had spread. A second surgery (for chemosensitivity testing) confirmed suspicions that the cancer had spread to the stomach. 2 surgeries and 3 chemo protocols later, he has intestinal paralysis & had to be hospitalized today. His abdominal pain is the worst at night. The pain level has become severe & he is now taking morphine for relief. If anyone reading this can explain intestinal paralysis or what we can expect from this point forward I would sincerely appreciate your input. Also, if anyone has advice on how I can best comfort & support my loved one please advise. Thank you.

Posted 10/10/2003 09:59 pm by KathrynC
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