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pc w/liver mets was posted 05/30/1999 11:34 pm by bonnie
E-mail Address: bgrivkin@aol.com

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Hi, I have not written in a while, but have been logging on. My husband (47 years old) was diagnosed w/pc in January '99. since that time he had 6 weeks of radiation, 5 wks of 5FU and was supposed to get stronger for the next round. Instead he ended up with an infection in his pancreas, having to be in the hospital for 8 days having 2 tennis ball size abcesses of pus drained. ever since then he seems to be getting weaker and his appetite is not very good. I am giving him nutrition through a mediport 5 nights a week. also last week he had a bone scan (which was negative) and one of his testicles is enlarged and even though none of the doctors have ever heard of it, think that it has gone there. Has anyone heard of pc mets to a testicle? He also has 3 small spots on his liver. also we are supposed to be deciding on our next treatment either a Bayer study which you get picked to either do Gemzar or an antiangiogenisis drug - it is an experimental drug that is supposed to stop the blood supply to the tumor-- or gemzar with cisplatin, which the doctor said is rock 'n roll chemo, and I think would be awful for my husband. I don't know how much time we have, but am afraid. for the first time he asked the doctor how long he had and the doctor said 6-9 months. does anyone know anything about these two programs or the mets to the testicle? I don't want my husband to suffer, but want him to have some quality of life. Also does anyone have any advice for my kids? I have two girls, 11 and 16, who know their dad is really sick, but we have not said he is going to die. Is that best? Even he says he's not faced the fact that he's going to die. Any advice would be really appreciated. I find it so hard to believe that God could have any viable reason for putting someone through this, whether as a caretaker or the patient. Thanks.

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