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Your mother was posted 07/31/2006 12:51 pm by Johnny Jr
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it is terribly upsetting dealing with pancreatic cancer period. then to deal with uncaring doctors. When my dad was sick all we wanted was for the doctors to try to treat us like they cared. I wanted to feel like they were doing everything they could to help him live not just palliative care. There were some doctor visits we felt that way and then there was some we felt like killing the doctors.

However, I need to be honest with you in this reply. Most cases where patients do chemotherapy to shrink the tumor in the hopes of being able to have the surgery is when the cancer is maintained to the pancreas and there is vein involvement. There are not *many* cases where there is liver involvement that chemo is effective enough to qualify one for surgery. I am certain there are exceptions to the rule (thank God) but most Stage IVb Pancreatic Cancer patients never qualify for surgery. BUT BUT BUT there are several here that have lived for a long time on chemotherapy alone. AND there is no reason for your mother's doctor to be treating her with surgery as an option. He should do everything in his power to get her qualified.

Bless you and your family.

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