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    Hi Freebird, thanks for the information. I am doing as much research as possible to educate myself on all of this. It's overwhelming.

    I really appreciate you taking the time to send the links.

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    Hi Blue, thanks for the information. Dad has a great appetite. He just isn't absorbing the nutrients for lack of digestive enzymes and bile. He has now started taking enzymes orally. The surgical oncologist mentioned they would have to go through the actual tumor to insert a stent and that wasn't recommended. We see 2 different medical oncologists next week. We should now then what he options are.

    Thanks so much for responding!!

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    Other Care (Need Support and will need future care for Dad): I am looking for support groups and Dad will need future care. I want him to stay in home and want to look into options for his care. I need someone we can trust who is compassionate, patient and understanding.

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    Loss (Lost loved one): Dad and I lost Mom in February of 2011. She had Alzheimers. Dad has been so strong, but misses her very much. I miss her and now am wondering why Dad has to go through cancer. I am angry that life has dealt him this hand. Mom and Dad are wonderful people who have contributed to my life and many others. Why??!!

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    Oh No (Cancer has spread/Metastasized): My dad has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer that has metatasized to his lungs. We are seeing medical oncologists next week to discuss treatment, statistics, etc.

    It has taken almost 4 months to get to this stage. Dealing with the various doctors offices and their medical staff and the insurance company has been exhausting and frustrating.

    Dad has finally been given some enzymes that will hopefully help him absorb his food nutrients so he can feel better.

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