LeslieS's Journey with Pancreatic Cancer

Family/Friend: Pancreatic Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 81

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    • LeslieS
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My Dad was recently diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. He is an extremely healthy male aged 76 years. He lost the love of his life to cancer in February 2011.

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    • LeslieS
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My Dad had the Whipple procedure 7/28/12. We had NO IDEA what a complicated surgery this would be. He was in the hospital initially for 10 days. Home for three, major setback and back in for 10 more days. His stomach was not processing even the tiniest bit of liquids. He is home now, and 30 pounds later we are desperately trying to get him healthy enough for Chemo and Radiation. His surgeon and his oncologist feel that the surgery was curative in nature and they would NOT have done the procedure had they only had prolonging in mind. They fully expected a curative outcome, after quick radiation and six months of Chemo. The biopsy of tissue showed cancel cells, but no discernible mass anywhere else. The problem is that my Dad who has always been incredibly healthy is not very weak and he won't eat. He complains that he feels full and feels constipated most of the time. My two sisters and I (we all adore our Dad) just don't seem to be able to get him to get with the program. He tells the doctors he wants to fight but when we get him home he sits in his chair and it's all he talks about is how awful he feels and he won't eat property or exercise properly. This is breaking our hearts because this was all to cure him and now he won't do what needs to be done to get better. We understand how traumatized he must be but we want to have our Dad around for a lot longer!!

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • LeslieS
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    My Dad needs to get better so he can begin Chemo and Radiation.

    Decision Point

    Update: We met with the oncologist and my Dad has been given the green light to begin Chemo in a week. He is still struggling with feeling down and eating - even though he knows that he must eat to receive potentially life saving treatment. We are trying to be patient and understanding and let him work through this the way he needs but it's hard to believe that he opted for the Whipple (which is such a HUGE operation) to now not be interested in getting better. His folks both died at 76 (that is how my Dad is) and he has said a couple of times that he has known he would die when he was 76 which doesn't seem likely since like it or not, he IS getting better every day! Older post: We are waiting for our Dad to be pro-active so he can begin his treatments but we can't get him motivated, even though he has a great chance at recovery. He has been devastated by the surgery and his huge decline in health.

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