Nov 21, 2005 - 6:49 pm
My family found out at the end of September that my 24 year old brother has cancer in his liver, pancreas, bile ducts, lymph nodes, and gall blader. He had been sick (vommiting, nausea, stomach pain) for about 3 months and had been to his local ER several times, but with each visit they sent him away with sillier and sillier diagnosis (gas, virus). He then became really sick at the end of September and went to a city hospital. The biopsy of his liver came back positive for cancer, the next days cat scans and other test showed he had cancer in the other areas. His doctor then told us that he will probably only surrvive 5 months. He tried an aggresive form of chemo (I do not have the name, sorry) that worked the first few times, but after the third treatment his tumor markers only began to increase. The doctor sent him for another cat scan last week to see if the cancer was in fact getting worse and today we learned that the tumors are multiplying. Next Monday the doctor wants to start new treatments consisting of Xeloda via IV and 5FU via pill form, she told us that this probably would not work, but she felt like at his age he should try everything. I know the type of cancer that he has is not common, but maybe those of you who have had, or still have cancer in one or two areas that he does could throw some treatment options my way. My brother is the most optimistic, happy, caring, loving and kindest person, as many of you are too I'm sure. He wants so much to marry his girlfriend and have a baby. He has never had the opportunity to travel outside of the states surrounding our home state, there are just so many things he thought he had the rest of his life to do, as many of you understand I'm sure. Anyway, any information you have would be of extreme help! Thanks in advance for those of you who do offer suggestions. GOD BLESS!