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realistic advice was posted 12/31/2006 10:02 pm by Jim
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Hi all: Happy new year to all of you! I hope the new year will bring us/our loved ones renewed energy, and hope, to fight this beast. My dad is diagnosed with PC in 2004, and had surgery to remove most of his pancreas in august at memorial sloan. At the time, he was told that all the lymph nodes are clean, the margin of the cut (sorry, I'm a bit rusty on the technical jargon) has no cancer cells. All signs pointed to a miracle, a cure..... And then came the results of the latest CT scan (last two scans actually). His CA19-9 numbers started climbing again (now around 500), CT scan reveal that there is cancer in the intraperitoneum lining, surface of his liver. It did mention that the biliary duct is unremarkable. The only sign of mets is the liver surface and the peritoneum lining. The news is devastating. My dad looks great. I came home from my new job to spend new years with him, and seeing how happy he is to just have me around him, have our family together again. And knowing that PC has struck again. And I Don't know what to do next for him. From what I read, if the liver is involved in mets, the Whipple is out of the picture. And only chemo/clinical trials is left..... Is that true?? Also, I've heard of this relative new procedure called IPHC (intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy) where the surgeon removes all visible tumours, and does a high temperature chemo session on the patient to kill the cells that are now in the peritoneal lining, as is in my dad's case. Does anyone have any advice on this procedure? And lastly.... if surgery is not an option for my dad, is there nay good clinical trials out there that you know? Thank you in advance for any help you have for my dad! Part of me is still in denial that we are taking up this battle all over again...

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