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8/20/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Dad was experiencing upper abdominal pain since January. He reported his symptoms which he had never experienced in the past to his PCP. He had an US, NM Scan, and CT abdomen which only revealed a fatty liver and labs were normal. He underwent an upper and lower endoscopy in March which was normal but biopsies revealed H Pylori. After this was treated and cleared his pain persisted. Unfortunately the GI doctor did not further evaluate the pain and instructed dad to continue with Omeprazole which was not helping. In May, Dad reported back to his PCP regarding his symptoms and repeat labs showed an elevated lipase. A CT SCAN was ordered but not performed until July 6, Dad's birthday. Images revealed a 1.5 cm pancreatic head mass. EUS biopsy the following week confirmed adenocarcinoma. Repeat imaging revealed a possible 8 mm liver lesion too small to characterize without evidence of other disease. Chemotherapy for three to four cycles and reimage to assess whether surgery is possible. Dad had a Port placed two weeks later and went in for chemotherapy two days later. Liver labs were now elevated so GI placed a biliary stent and was admitted for the first cycle of chemo. He experienced significant symptoms but happily returned home 5 days later. Thoughts and prayers for Dad and Mom are encouraged and appreciated as we face this difficult journey.