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Pancreatic Cancer Stage 4?

My father has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The doctors gave him a few weeks, and he has outlasted their predictions...Thank God. He was going along without much pain or discomfort, but now he has started losing weight, and his appetite. He will eat sometimes, and do a good job finishing up the food, but other times he cant touch it. He now has pain in his upper abdomin and it goes around to his back, and he has the feeling of rocks in his stomach. He is also having very slight problem with breathing. He said he feels like he needs an inhaler. I know this means that the cancer is getting worse, and we knew it had spread to his other organs. If anyone has any information on this terrible disease, I would like to know what to expect next. His Dr is not much help, and I want to be prepared as much as possible, even though there is no way to be ready for this. I have read everything available, but I'm looking for a few real accounts of what happens. Thanks. He has lost a lot of weight, but was overweight before this point. He is now at his ideal weight but I can feel his bones when I touch his back. Also, he was given 5 - 6 weeks, but has now lasted Thank God, for 6 months. He tried chemo, but it made him so sick that he had to stop after 2 treatments. They told him 5 - 6 months with the chemo, so he figured he would go for the better quality of life, instead of being hospitalized the whole time.

Asked By: Me - 6/25/2008
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Your father may qualify for hospice care. They can take teach you how to care for your father and what to expect. If he is in discomfort they will immediately take care of that need. Ask his doctor for a hospice referral. good luck... More
Answered By: Panda - 6/25/2008
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When my dad was dx in January with stomach cancer to the liver he was not given much hope. Five months later he is now cancer free. His doctors are shocked. We credit apricot seeds and b17. He also took goji juice. http://www.apricotsfromgod.info/journal.htm
Answered By: sissy - 6/25/2008
 
my brother had the same thing. doctor gave him 3months to live but he lived another 2 years. the end was painful for him. cuz it is a painful death. but as much as i loved my brother was thankful God give him peace .
Answered By: twana_sweethome_alabama - 6/25/2008
 
My mom is in stage 4 also. She was given 2-3 months, and has made it past the 3 month mark... More
Answered By: tess - 6/25/2008
 
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