I want to know what you know about pancreatic cancer.

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  1. jame

    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

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    Not for me. For a man that is very dear to me. He bow hunts deer behind my place, and he's taken two Pope and Young bucks in the process. But that's the small stuff.

    He's also a family man, a dedicated husband and father of four very beautiful and intelligent daughters, and a spitting image of a son. He's of strong faith and conviction, honest and humble, as well as a dedicated, focused and responsible outdoorsman.

    He's suffered the incredible loss of a daughter, pregnant with his first grand child, to a brain aneurysm, and a son in law to an auto accident within the last 5 years.

    Sorry for the blubbering, and on the what I know. The tumor has not metasitized, (sp?), and there is no evidence of it in his lymph nodes. The tumor has attached itself to an artery in the pancreas.

    His sister, a recently retired intensive care nurse in Denver, lives next door to a pancreatic cancers specialist from Johns Hopkins, with over 2000 pancreatic surgeries under his belt. He has stepped up and will be doing the surgery.

    Can anyone tell me if my friend has any hope of a chance? This just makes my sick.........
     
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  2. shadow_dog

    shadow_dog Hilljack

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    Can't answer but prayers for your friend
     
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  4. oldandtreacherous

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    There is a certain procedure (Whippel or something I believe) that holds promise for some if applicable so maybe this is for your friend. This is a tough one though. So sorry to hear.
     
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    Cancer in itself is incredibly difficult to accurately give an outcome, because while statistics and an oncologist's input may give an idea, there truly is no telling.

    Miracles do happen, and people who thought they were in the clear end up losing their battle.
     
  6. jame

    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

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    The procedure he's having done is Appleby or something like that.
     
  7. robbcayman

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    Sad to hear this for him. Sounds like he has had it rough already.

    From my understanding it is a very fatal type of cancer, one of the worst. I have known 2 people both males in their 60's die very fast when diagnosed.


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    I have been to the pancreatic clinic at John Hopkins, they have some world class doctors there, but pancreatic cancer is about as bad as it gets on common cancer front. Prayers for your friend, there is always a chance.
     
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    No one can say for sure what his chances are. But I will pray for his healing and for his family's strength.
     
  10. GVIFlyer

    GVIFlyer Senior Member

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    It's hard news, but five year survival rates run from about 15% to less than 1%. I have had friends succumb to pancreatic cancer. Were it me, I would start executing my bucket list.
     
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    Pancreatic cancer is a tough one. I know a gentleman that survived it, and is several years post Chemo. He was given a 5% chance.

    Best thing we/you can do? Pray. Be there for him, support him, and do what you can for his family, so he can concentrate on fighting.

    Best thing he can do? Get in the state of mind that he is about to start fighting a war. His life is the prize. I've watched my Grandfather fight through bladder and stage 4 appendiceal cancer, and I can tell you, from first hand experience, you have to hit it hard, be stubborn, and decide from the outset that you're going to beat it, and fight it 24/7/365 until you break it.

    The rest is up to Doctors and God.
     
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    There is always hope.
     
  13. ClydeG19

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    My grandmother went from diagnosis to passing in two months without treatment. She chose to go that way.
     
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    I wish youre friend the best. Pancreatic cancer is a tough one. Usually by the time you feel the symptoms it's to late. I had a very close friend diagnosed with it a few years ago. He went to the doctor with stomach pains. He was the type who only went to the doctor as a last resort. They gave him 6 months once the cancer was discovered. They told him that it was to far advanced for treatment to do any good. He decided to go ahead with treatment. He told me he had to try and fight it. He later regretted it. The treatment made him bedridden and weak. It was bad. He passed almost 6 months to the day of being diagnosed.
     
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    About 20 years ago I had a friend who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. From diagnosis to death was about 2 weeks. It is an awful form of cancer and I have been told it is usually very difficult to detect. That being said, I wish you and your friend the best of luck in beating this horrible disease.

    RIP Jerry.
     
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    Two friends. Both active and healthy.
    Complained of back aches. Went to the doc and eventually got a diagnosis of PC.
    Neither survived the summer.
    The problem was that PC shows no symptoms until it's too far gone.
    If you happen to stumble upon it while doing something else, there's your best hope.
     
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    Fred Hansen Liberal Bane

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    I know it killed one of the bravest people of which I am aware:



    I also know we are blessed to live in a time/place which is awash in miracles of modern medicine. My prayers to your friend, and his loved ones. :angel:

    You may find some comfort in this: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Lecture-Randy-Pausch/dp/1401323251
     
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    My sister-in-law beat it with a lot of chemo and having her pancreas removed. She is now on an insulin pump, and as happy as can be to be alive. She had all of her treatment in Tucson.
     
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    snerd Horselover Fat

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    Took my mom at 54. One month from discovery to death. Prayers for your friend.
     
  20. TX OMFS

    TX OMFS Right wing nut Lifetime Member

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    Chances aren't good. Some people do survive it but not many. Odds are better if it is discovered early, usually while it is asymptomatic and accidentally while running tests for something else.
     
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