Nov 23, 2012 - 3:11 pm
My brother at age 44 was diagnosed with Stage 2 Pancreatic Cancer last Dec, 2011. He was out hunting and actually thought he was having a heart attack, went to the hospital only to find out a month later his heart was fine but they had found a tumor in his pancreas. He had PET scans and every other test known I think, told us cancer was very small and no evidence it had moved anywhere else. They wanted him to do a round of 5FU chemo to try and shrink it before the surgery which he did. He came through pretty well. No weight loss, not much nausea or hair loss. Just very fatigued. Went back to the doctor and of course they suggested more chemo and now added radiation, 28 treatments back to back of radiation and now the oral pill for chemo along with that each day . Also came through that pretty well. Here we are almost a year later, surgery day Sept 20, 2012. We had another PET scan, a 3d scan, everything looks good, lets get in and remove it and move on cancer free. Those were the doctors words. An 8 hour surgery turned into a one hour surgery with the doctor calling us into the conference room to tell us the cancer had moved to his liver. They removed the q-tip size tumor from the liver but did not touch the pancreas. They closed him up and said I give hime 6 months to 2 years to live. To say we were devastated is an understatement. I thought my mom was going to collapse in the room. After alot of research and what I know now. I will never take a chemo treatment for any cancer. There are so many natural things out there to try without these side effects. I feel like I live on the computer researching for my brother. I do not want him to take one more treatment , I feel it will decrease his time and his quality of life greatly and there is much data out there to prove that. How these doctors can justify getting richer by putting these killer drugs into people is beyond me. This is just my opinion but I would have to say if you or a family member have cancer please research before taking chemo. There is a book "Knockout" with vital information. Please read that book.