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    Old 04-16-2005, 08:03 PM   #1
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    My Dad was 48 when he went in for a annual check up and insisted that the doctor take a PSA blood test to check his prostate...the doctor said he wouldn't do it b/c he was too young..my father insisted and the result was......Adenocarcinoma of the Prostate in September 2000...

    The "doctor" recommended he get his prostate removed and he did. Upon completion of the operation, the "doctor" came out and told my mother that they removed alot more cancer than they originally suspected was in there. The "doctor" told my mother and father that everything was removed and just come back for regular PSA blood test every 6 months. He NEVER sent my father for any CAT Scans or PET Scans to see if the cancer was anywhere else in his body. The doctor convinced him that everything was great....

    Come to October 2004, my father noticed a swelling in his neck, he went back to this "doctor" who told him it was just a muscle and sent him home...3 WEEKS go by...my father started to get what his "doctor" said was acid reflux...sent him for a test where they put the tube down his throat with a camera to determine it was indeed Acid Reflux...they said he had VERY bad acid reflux (all of a sudden) and ever since they put that camera down his throat, he had his left vocal cord paralyzed...he went back to this "doctor" and my father very diligently demanded that he go to an Ear, Nose Throat Specialist...and this "doctor" said "For what? the muscle? okay, if it will make you feel better...." The ENT sent him for a CAT Scan...

    The result of the CAT scan...Adenocarcinoma of the Lung (Left Lung & Lymph Nodes) listed as Metastic Lung Cancer on the pathology report....STAGE IV....now he finally went to a reputable doctor who sent him for chemo....for 3 months he went and last week he went for a CAT Scan and PET Scan, it showed that the chemo did nothing, there are more tumors on his left lung and the ones he had grew dramatically...and it went to his liver ("innumerable masses")

    Can someone please help me? Is it possible that it went from the Prostate to the Lung? that this doctor neglected to advise my father on the proper procedures?

    I am really upset over this...I am the oldest of 4 children, and I am pregnant with my 2nd child...I am losing so much sleep over all of this.. My mother says that you can't go back in time, don't dwell on what we could have done...I just feel the "doctor" should have done more, maybe they would have caught this in time?

    He is only 52 years old (his father, my grandfather died from Lung, Brain Cancer 21 years ago)..I am scared that now it's just going to pass along to me and my 2 brothers and sister....I am so close with my Dad and it's killing me to see him like this...I am sorry if I am babbling, but I have been researching every day and night, trying to find some hope for a miracle or something that could work for him...My mom is so depressed, b/c she's seeing her husband waste away, he lost 60 lbs already...it's so sad...someone told me to get Milk Thistle for him....the doctor's are giving him Tarceva now, b/c the last chemo didn't work...he has to take pain killers in order to eat b/c of the pain in his stomach/side....I won't give up on trying to find some kind of hope for him.....can anyone help me?

    I am sorry again for rambling like this...this is my first time I have ever posted anything....

    Christina

     
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    Old 04-18-2005, 04:22 AM   #2
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    Re: Please Help - Lung to Liver Cancer (Father)

    I don't have answers for you but I wanted to tell you that I am so sorry you are going through this. Try your best to stay positive and be strong for your Dad. My mom had lung cancer, I lost her 2 weeks ago today. I think I mourned her from the day we found out she was ill. Does your Dad smoke? The best defense for you against lung cancer is to have regular, complete physicals and don't, don't, don't smoke. I detest cigarettes. On a positive note, my mom was given 4-6 months and she fought for an amazing 19 months. Hopefully a miracle will come your way and your Dad will be with you a long time. Chemo and radiation gained my mom much time. Again, try to be strong. Lots of prayers & God Bless.

     
    Old 05-06-2005, 12:35 PM   #3
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    Re: Please Help - Lung to Liver Cancer (Father)

    Although most of us aren't qualified to give you answers you need....my best guess is that it spread from the lung to the liver.....My mom has the same thing....the liver is the most common place for it to spread once lung cancer has hit the lymph nodes and the blood....either way it's bad all the way around....Our oncologist just gave my mom 3 months to live....she was diagnosed in Sep of 04.....she has not responed to any chemo at all...currently on Tarceva.....only response was radiation to the brain....her brain completely cleared.....but the liver cancer now has taken over.......my prayers are with you

     
    Old 05-08-2005, 04:33 PM   #4
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    Re: Please Help - Lung to Liver Cancer (Father)

    Sorry to hear about what you are going through. I lost my dad 2 weeks ago to lung cancer. He was diagnosed last Nov. He went to to the doc because his hip was killing him and come to find out the cancer had spread from his lung to his hip, pelvic area, spine and brain then finally to his liver. My dad went for radiation and maintained postive throughtout the 5 months but unfortunately the cancer was stronger than he was. I miss him so much...I lost my mom 5 years ago on April 11th. They were both very young...my mom was 57 and my dad was61. I understand how you feel and did tons of research hoping for the postive. The only thing I can strongly recommend is to spend as much quality time as you can with him. My dad wanted to die at home and my brother and I took care of him and would do it again without a doubt. My thoughts are with you..

     
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