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Old 03-06-2018, 08:53 AM   #21
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Keep your chin up and keep an open mind to treatments.

One of our church members was diagnosed at Duke a little over 5 years ago. He did research and travelled to Florida for an alternative type of treatment. I don't know the details but he is as active today as he was five years ago and appears to have been cured.

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Old 03-06-2018, 08:57 AM   #23
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Sorry to hear of this development, bondi688.

Stay positive and seek out 2nd (and 3rd) opinions, if needed.

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Old 03-06-2018, 08:59 AM   #24
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I'm really sorry to hear about this, but stay positive. We never know where life is going to take us so we have to enjoy each day that we have and never take it for granted.
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Sorry to hear, stay positive.

About 7 years ago a buddy was told to get his affairs in order, quickly. He'd been told he had glioblastoma and possibly weeks to live.

Traditional surgury and radiation. He managed to get into a clinical trial and today he's well. I'm not sure he's cured, but he's living life every day.

All the best to you.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:19 AM   #26
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Sorry to hear your news. Best wishes for your complete recovery.
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I'm very sorry you are going to have to go through all this. I wish you the best possible outcome.
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I have never been sick. I had never been hospitalized or had any surgery. I did not have to take any medication. My father. a two packs a day smoker, died of lung cancer at 83. My mother is still alive and quite lucid at 93. So I figured I 'll wait till I am 70 to take out social security benefits because I do not need the money at 62 or 66. But I just found out I probably have pancreatic cancer and am waiting for the biopsy result. Oh well, them are the breaks.
Sorry to hear this. Stay strong while waiting for the result, and go from there.

No, you did not gamble anything. This can hit any of us. Who know or can say that they are immune?

About never being sick, hospitalized, nor taking any pills, that was me before I was diagnosed with a life threatening situation. They treated me, and after painful surgeries, I am still around. Got many scars to show for it.
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Old 03-06-2018, 10:34 AM   #29
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Very sorry to hear that. Stay strong.
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You haven't lost yet!
You didn't need the money, so you didn't lose anything to date.
And the future isn't known yet. Good luck to you. Stay positive if you can.
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Old 03-06-2018, 11:21 AM   #31
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Stay strong and positive. Life is an opera with an unknown libretto and it ain't over til the fat lady sings.
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So sorry to hear this. Best of luck as you deal with this challenge.
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Thank you all for your support, I was asked about the symptoms: essentially I had lost some weight (which I realize in retrospect). My urine turned tea colored and I looked jaundiced. There was some vague discomfort in the upper abdomen, They did some tests and my liver enzymes and bilirubin are abnormally high. They did an ultrasound scan, which showed a 2 to 3 cm mass near the duct and head of the pancreas. It was confirmed by CT scan, I underwent ERCP and had a stent place and a biopsy done, The result from pathology may take 2 weeks to come back, but the tumor marker level in my blood was high. They are suspecting pancreatic cancer,
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So sorry to read about this, Bondi688. I sure hope that the biopsy results are more encouraging. If they are not, then I totally agree with Mystang52 who posted above, urging you to go to M.D. Anderson to get the latest treatments.
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So sorry. Please take care and don't be too harsh on yourself. Health is always a "wild card" in retirement. We all know this wild card exists and will come into play some day.. sooner or later !
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Thanks for the sage advice. I am 68, never been married, no heir.
Then you haven't lost anything!

What would you have done differently if you had chosen to start Social Security benefits at 62? Whatever that would have been, it's over. Now you get to decide what you will do going forward, and for the rest of your life.

I've always believed that the secret to a good life is to live each day well, enjoy what you are doing on that day, be happy, and try to bring happiness to those around you. If you can do that, then whenever your days end, you'll have know plenty of joy.

I worked at jobs that gave me a lot of fulfillment and now I'm enjoying retirement. My wife is enjoying her job until she is ready to retire too. I have thoroughly enjoyed family (still do). My wife and I enjoy friends. It's a good life!

Good luck with your diagnosis and treatments. Come back when you are ready and tell us all how well you are doing! Share the journey and contribute your advice for others.
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I am very sorry to read this bondi688. Please let us know how the biopsy turns out. In the mean time I agree with others about MD Anderson, take care and don't do this alone! I hope you have a support system around you.
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Here on this forum, whenever the word c* comes up, people talk about MD Anderson. I heard of this medical chain, but have no experience nor know anybody who does.

Can anybody do a community service to point out some statistics about different medical centers that treat cancer? Survival rates would be highly relevant. Next would be cost.
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A friend of mine was told her lung cancer was too far advanced so nothing they could do. She goes to MD Anderson who does chemo until it shrinks, then surgery and she is alive 7 years later.
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Bondi688,
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