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My Mom, Joan Carroll, was dx St. Patrick's Day 1998 with pancreatic cancer. At the time she was at a local hospital and basically told to go home and wait for the end. My Mom's mother died from pacreatic cancer 18 years ago. My Mother had gone to the dr. due to jaundice and discoloration of urine and bowels. After the dx, we sought care at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Care Hospital (another local hospital), which gave us a strategy to fight the cancer. However, it turned out she was not a candidate for the whipple due to mets to liver. The treatment decided upon was Gemzar. She had seven weeks of Gemzar and after that time we, along with dr., decided to discontinue treatment. This was due to the fact that the treatment left her very tired. For the seven months after dx, she had been able to live the life style she wanted, which was in her own home without help, shopping & cooking for herself. Of course, my sister, brother & I would go over every week to help, but she really was able to fend for herself, as she had hoped. As happens to often, she will not win the war against this demon but she has lived her life as she wanted. I only wish I could be as strong as she is. My prayers with you all. pixie

Posted 11/27/1998 08:16 pm by pixie
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