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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-10 09:02 PM
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My brother has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. (Reposted by request from Sub Atomic)

Mods, I'm not a donor so I'm not allowed to post this in the cancer support group forum. Can you please move this there for me?



My brother has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

April 30th he had major surgery and had his spleen, 1/2 his pancreas, 98% of his stomach, his left pituitary gland, 8" of small intestine and 3" of colon removed. His surgeons were hopeful that they got the tumor and the surrounding organs were all OK. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread into his diaphragm.

They're hoping to discharge him to come home tomorrow. There's a new experimental pancreatic cancer treatment that's going to start at UPMC in a few weeks but his surgeon isn't sure of the requirements and doesn't know if Dave will qualify.

The plan is to get him healed over the next 3 weeks and get his strength up and hope we get him into this study and if he doesn't then start massive chemo and radiation treatments.

It's really not good. Statistically, he has less than an 8% chance of surviving 5 years.

Fuck.

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Sub Atomic could use some love here...
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noiretextatique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-10 04:20 PM
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1. sub atomic
i am sending healing thoughts to your brother...and strength to you. please stay in touch with this forum. it was a good support for me when i had breast cancer.
:hug:
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Sub Atomic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-10 05:56 PM
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2. Thanks Hawkeye.
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shrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-13-10 09:56 AM
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3. Sub atomic, you now have a donor star
Post in this forum whenever you need to. It's a small group, but good people.
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Sub Atomic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-13-10 04:15 PM
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4. Thank you very much for your generosity.
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shrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 07:00 PM
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5. I'm hardly the first DUer to do it
Others have done it multiple times. Look it as a show of solidarity.
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Redbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-24-10 10:44 AM
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6. Prayers and vibes starting now.
Hang in there.
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