I would like some truths and advice from families that have had/have relatives with PANCREATIC and LIVER cancer.
My 71 year old grandfather has just been diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer the cancer is a large one located in the tail of his pancreas it has not spread to the middle or the head of the pancreas as yet.
He also has 1 tiny spot of cancer developing on his liver.
He is in hospital at the moment getting his bloods right for a fine needle biopsy which will be done on Tuesday to see if it is malignant or just a cystic type cancer.
He CANNOT be operated on, he will die on the table he has been told by his specialists.
He has had colon cancer before when he was about 40 odd years old but it was successfully removed, then he had a triple bypass for blocked arteries and an artificial heart valve installed. Other than those problems he has been pretty fit and healthy. He has been a worker all his life.....didn't retire until around 63 years old!.
He cannot be operated on due to his heart now because he only has about 1/2 of his heart functioning normally.
He also takes heart medications....here is a small list of what he is taking:
WARFARIN (blood thinner)
NITROLINGUAL SPRAY (a nitrate spray for ANGINA) (in orange spray bottle with white cap)
LIPITOR (for cholesterol)
NOTEN (calcium channel blocker for blood pressure/heart regualrity)
SENNEKOT (for constipation caused by the above medications)
and probably a few other medications I am not aware of yet but these are his main ones.
I would just like to know if there are other people out there who have successfully beaten the above cancers with the similar health problems in his age group.
I would also like honest stories from families who have had relatives pass from these types of cancers, what pallaitive care was given, how to make a sufferer comfortable and pain free without marajuana and morphine, to be clear of conscience and what to expect....just incase he does not make it.
I am holding out hope and I am praying BUT I want to be prepared should my efforts be in vain.
I DEARLY HOPE HE RECOVERS AS HE DOESN'T DESERVE TO GO THIS WAY AND THE WORLD WILL BE LOSING A GREAT TREASURE.
Oh and here is a previous post on what we (family and doctors) THOUGHT it was but it didn't turn out to be.