pancreatic cancer

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hi just found this website and would like to know if anybody has been told that they have stage3/4 locally advanced cancer with vascular invovlment. was diagnosed october 15 this year . i have been offered chemo but dont know whether it will help me. my world has been turned upside down 

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    Hi Roman. I am so sorry you are going through this. There IS Hope & you can fight this. It is important to have accurate & thorough information, an excellent physician(s) that specialize in this disease and support to help you in this difficult journey. 
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      hi mary open to any info and suggestions am aware that healthy eating good alkaline diet are important but medical doctors say there is no proof and to supercharge your chemo with homeparhethic products is frowned on in the uk chemo is invasive and primitively brutal destroyin healthy cells with only a modest success rate . 
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    For the latest information about pancreatic cancer, treatment of the disease as well as palliative care to deal with pain control & digestive or other issues as well as specialists and clinical trials in the U.S., go to Pancan.org. In the UK, there is a similar organization called PancreaticCancer.org.uk. Please read the information on these sites, talk to their specialists for the newly diagnosed & order their free materials. If you are not in a big city with a major medical center, then get to one, at least for a consult. Pancreatic Cancer is a serious diagnosis and you have no time to waste on getting at least a consult from another physician who sees many PC patients every year. They should be able to help you decide on a course of treatment. Some surgeons will do surgery on rumors that would not have been considered operable a few years ago, or will use chemo to try & shrink the tumor to allow possible surgery later. Even if surgery is not an option now, there are tests they are doing now to help determine which treatment might be most helpful for you. Despite the low number of survivors, there ARE survivors- I know some who were diagnosed 5-20 years later. There is no reason you can't be one of those. With new drugs & clinical trials (even for those with metastasis outside the pancreas) lifespan will continue to be extended & new surgical procedures found. Any doctor who tells you that you have no options is a misinformed doctor and you should seek a new one. Regardless of your treatment decisions you can seek out Palliative Care physicians or related health professionals ( Pain Management, Clinical Nutritionists, Social Workers) now. They can do a lot to help. If that is not available in your area & if you come to the point where you are sure that there are no active treatments you want to pursue, then sign up with a Hospice service sooner rather than later. They can also help with any pain, distress, sleeping or eating problems, explaining things to family members, etc. They are a godsend. But you are not there yet. I hope you have someone who can attend doctor visits with you & help you keep all the info straight. A notebook organizer where you write down all your appointments, what happened, etc can be a necessity when stress interferes with clear thinking and memory. You must be your own best advocate & aggressively push for understandable answers to all of your questions. I hope I have helped and I pray for your strength and health. 
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    Hey Roman,

    I have my father diagmosed with stage 4 cancer with vascular involvement. Sad to hear you both share this in common. I am heart broken after knowing the outcome of the tests conducted. I haven't let my father know his condition. All he knows is, he is suffering from Chronic Pancreatitis.

    It is saddening as we don't have any cure to this.

    May god give you all the strength for fighting the diaease.

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