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I'm so sorry that your dad has had a recurrence. I agree with you about the term 'the beast' -- but I also understand why folks sometimes refer to PC that way! I'm sure you dealt with PanCAN the first time around -- but I strongly suggest that you contact them tomorrow. They have the info you are seeking on clinical trials etc., and they probably know about this surgical procedure you mention. Here's the contact info for PanCAN: PanCAN is the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and they have tons of help and support for you. PanCAN: http://www.pancan.org, 1-877-272-6226 (9-5, USA Pacific Time).
1) First, ask to speak to a PALS Associate -- Patient and Liaison Services. They are available 9-5 Pacific Time. They can send you some helpful literature about pancreatic cancer (PC). They can talk to you about possible clinical trials. They have lists of oncologists and surgeons who have significant experience with PC.
2) If you want some additional support, ask for information about the Survivor and Caregiver Network. This network is volunteers who work with patients and caregivers, usually by phone or email -- sort of a buddy system, and your buddy is someone who has had experience with PC.
And please keep us posted on your Dad --
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