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Cindy - Q was posted 11/01/1998 03:53 am by t.r.
E-mail Address: ednorton@seanet.com

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Hey, Cindy - reading your response here, now I'm scared I'm letting my mother make a mistake! She's 61. Her cancer was too widespread for a Whipple, too. She had a bypass to relieve jaundice (which has mostly gone away). But she didn't want to even try chemo because of side effect fears, and the (questionable IMO) oncologist we finally got to LAST week said (a) he didn't favor chemotherapy for PC patients anyway because it just added weeks while often decreasing quality of life, and (b) he pooh-poohed Gemzar as if it were still in clinical trial. I want to support my mom in what seems to be her decision to be comfy, try to keep her strength up, but let the cancer take its course -- but not if we've been misled into thinking death is inevitable and imminent, when maybe there IS some hope?! Was your dad in bad shape when diagnosed? Jaundice? Weight loss? I'm just trying to figure out what might be the differing factor here, before it's too late... t.r.

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