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Please Help, need guidance was posted 05/31/2004 09:12 pm by Christie
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It's been quite a while since I've logged on. Hope that everyone is hangin' in there. I am going to update real quick then I will address my questions. My dad (60 yrsold) was diagnosed with inoperable PC cancer in Mid october, given 6 month prognosis. Started chemo regimen of Gemsar/cysplaton(msp) every other week. First CT scan showed a 39% shrinkage of the tumor a dramatic reduction of fluid production on his stomach (Aciaties?) 2nd CT scna showed no changed at all. Friday's CT scan showed no change at all. Now here is the problem. With every cycle of chemo dad gets weaker and weaker. When he started the chemo in November he was functioning as normal. Now he is so weak that he can't get out of the bath tub alone and is frequently falling when he tries to get up from a sitting position. He's affraid that if he goes another round, he'll be so weak that he will be bed riden. He feels that doesn't make sence if the chemo isn't doing anything but holding the Cancer still. Here is the question? What happens if he stops the chemo? How drasticaly will things change?

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