Pancreatic Cancer Advice

I have a brother with 3rd stage pancreatic cancer. He has done 10 months of chemo which is amazing in its own but his last scan showed spots in his chest so they stopped chemo. They are looking for a new one. He has just beat so much with it already and is SO positive. He is only 45 years old with a wonderful wife, an 18 year old daughter who just graduated top of her class and a 16 year old he would love to see graduate. Does anyone have and info on chemos that may help? My whole family is searching as well as some of the best doctors in the country. It just doesn't seem right for him to die after he has already beat the time frame. Any thoughts would be welcome. Or just someone to talk to. This is tearing me up.

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Karen from Port Clitnon, OH

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June 23, 20060 found this helpful

I've heard that spirulina (a green food) is very good at helping with the after effects of chemo. It's a green powder that you can buy at any of the markets that carry "healthy" products. Try Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, GNC or any of your local health food stores.

As for the cancer itself, have you all tried Cancer Treatment Centers of America? (www.cancercenter.com) I've seen their commercials but don't know anyone who has been there.

Also, try National Cancer Institute under NIH. They offer "alternative" treatments for cancer and it's a government-funded facility. Their website is http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/treatment/cam.

Hope something here might help and will keep you all in my prayers. :-)

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June 26, 20060 found this helpful

I have no advice but wanted to send my prayers to your family and I hope things work out for the best. If you ever need to chat with someone I am always around iowawoman32 (at) hotmail.com

Lu Ann

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June 26, 20060 found this helpful

I got my information for cancer from the american cancer assoc.you can go on line at www.cancer.org or call 1-800-acs-2345.There are also support groups.ask where your brother received his chemo or at a local hospital or doctor in cancer treatment..in my area we have a group called community cancer center.there are support groups every where.good luck.

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June 26, 20060 found this helpful

Hi Karen,

Even though I don't know your brother I will include him in my prayers daily as well as you & the rest of your family. In addition to everyone trying to find the best chemo for him the best you can offer him is support & just be there for him.

I wish him well & hope that a better treatment is found for him.

Take good care of yourself so that you will be able to be there for him.

Regards,

joesgirl

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June 26, 20060 found this helpful

I am an avid advocate of homeopathy, as it is a system capable of healing many horrible illnesses, including cancer. My husband has suffered from a form of autism for 26 years and is now well. I have had several serious conditions, one of them life-threatening, and homeopathy cured me every time. I would recommend you and your family read the book Impossible Cure by Amy Lansky. Excellent introduction, and it will show you if you want to try it. I will be praying for your brother's perfect health.

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June 26, 20060 found this helpful

My boyfriend was diagnosed last Sep with pancreatic/liver cancer. When found he was already in the fourth stage. His attitude is positive and he feels he will beat this. The oncologist gave him 4 to 6 months tops. He is on chemo once a week for 2 weeks and then skip a week and back on for 2 more. He is taking the pill Xeloda. Never got sick and says he feels great. At first he lost 40 lbs. the first month before chemo. After starting treatments he has gained back that 40 lbs pus lots more. He believes its all in the attitude. In May he turned 56. God Bless and keep your chin up.

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful

Karen, your family is my prayers. I lost my mom to pancreatic cancer in September 2004. She was never sick a day in her life, then she upped and retired at 63. One month later she was diagnosed and lost the battle three months later.

if you would like to communicate privately, email me at kimbers867(at)comcast.net.

Kim

Joppa, MD

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful

I know how you feel, My endocrinologist thought I had pancreatic cancer when my son was just 12 years old. I was told to get my affairs in order. I thank God every day that he was wrong.

Right now, my husband was diagnosed with a non-treatable form of leukemia when he was 47 years old. I wandered around in total shock for the first year (I know from experience that it is so much harder to go through when it is someone you love rather than yourself.), we have no family to help and few close friends where we live. Most "friends" didn't know what to do or say and cut themselves from us totally. My own brother said it was too depressing seeing or talking to us and didn't like being "dragged down." We've been going through this very much alone. Your son will draw much strength just having you there, and with this disease, attitude is extremely important.

There is a set of books out, the first is titled, "Eat Right for Your Type" that deals with blood types and the kinds of foods that people should consume within their blood type. The medical field thinks they are mularky, but we both have had a great deal of success with them, as have several others that we have talked to. What the actual "diet" does is help your body build up its natural immunities so you can heal/fight illnesses better. We have been able to get off all our medication, including blood pressure meds and allergy shots which is amazing since I have a congenital adrenal problem and thus have no immunities what-so-ever. This has allowed our bodies to put more effort into fighting the illnesses. I felt that, for my husband, if he was going to go through this illness, I at least wanted him to feel as well as he could for as long as he could. Quality of life is so important.

Even the oncologist told us not to get our hopes up, but is now amazed that his illness really has not progressed much at all (it's been 3.5 years since diagnosis). Maybe we are buying time, but he's feeling pretty good, and who knows what medical research will come up with? It certainly has given us hope and more importantly, is nothing that can hurt/harm him, nor will this diet impede on any medical treatments he may be having.

He also gets regular chiropractic adjustments and I have him on an extensive vitamin regimine. Anything that will give him a boost is considered a priority to us.

Your son and his family are in my prayers. Good luck and God bless.

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful

I know what you are going through. I am a breast cancer surviror. It will be three years this August. But, please do not give up hope. And he must keep a positive attitude. There are new drugs coming out every day. And, he needs to be around to see his children grow up. I can recall a local cancer doctor telling my husband and I to put my affairs in order. I cried all the way home, so hard, in fact, I cried myself to sleep. After two days of this, I decided to fight back. I made an appointment at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, and I am still here.

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful

Bless you in your struggle. I know the loneliness of dealing with a serious illness (spouse) when family and friends abandon you. You and your brother and his family are in my prayers. Stay strong, Karen.

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful

Read "A Cure for Cancer" by Hulda Clark

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful

Look up Max Gerson on the internet. He wrote books about whole food cures. His daughter Charlotte continues his work. There is a Gerson Clinic in Mexico. If he can't afford to go there buy the book and see if he can follow the advice at home.

Ronda

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful

There is a man named Bill Vancil who has a book, Don't Fear the Big Dogs. He has conquered his cancer, which I believe was prostate cancer with an experimental treatment which he swears by. I don't know if this treatment helps with pancreatic cancer or not, but you could probably Google this guy and find out more. I know he works with Magic 98 radio station in Madison, Wi. God bless. I hope you find the help you need. My Grandpa died of pancreatic cancer 31 years ago.

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June 29, 20060 found this helpful

You have my prayers! Its a tough time to go through. I don't know how you feel about the power of prayer, but I have seen it work wonders. You might try The Hour of Healing, put on by Richard Roberts at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa Oklahoma. The web site is oralrobertsministries.cc You can see a broadcast on streaming video on the web, or check local Christian tv stations for tv broadcast times.

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July 2, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks to everyone for you prayers and advice. Although they have found no new treatment, my brother was able to take a quick vacation like they always took while celebrating his 45th bithday. I do have hope!

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January 8, 20080 found this helpful

Please google Dr. gonzolaz and go to see him. He is involved with a trail study program. God bless.

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March 5, 20080 found this helpful

I am a Holistic Nutitionist and know of testimonies where the patient used alternative therapies homeopathy, chiropractic macrobiotic diet/whole food diets and high quality nutrtional supplements. My cousin has just been diagnosed and I believe she will fight a difficult battle and could win if she would only read all these responses. Healing comes in many forms and your brother will be healed, I believe.

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