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Mike was posted 04/30/2004 11:18 am by Beth in Alabama
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I am so sorry to hear of your MIL's dx with PC. You will quickly find that this board is one of the best resources for asking questions and getting real-life responses from both patients and family members of those who are suffering from this beast. Since your MIL has been determined inoperable, sadly there is no cure. You should seek out care that will lengthen or improve her quality of life for the time she has left. This can be chemo or radiation or meds to control symptoms. Already she is one blessed lady to have her SIL so concerned that he is researching what can be done! This is what will make all the difference over the next weeks/months/years to your MIL and to your wife. As for PC being hereditary, I know there is some data suggesting this, but the research is weak and not definitive. My mother's aunt died of PC. My mom was dx 7 months ago. She presented with pain in the abdomen and back that was thought to be gallbladder. During a surgery to remove the gallbladder a tumor was discovered that was closing down on her bile duct inside the pancreas. A stent was placed into the bile duct, since it was almost closed. She was also determined to be inoperable. My mom had Xeloda chemo pills and radiation for 6 weeks, and she did very poorly during the treatment. But after, she perked up and had three good months. Now she is in pain again and on MSContin to control. She started a new round of chemo two weeks ago, Gemzar, which is supposed to improved her life quality. I hope this helps, Beth

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