Ken Shafer

First post: 9/13/2017 Latest post: 13 hours ago
Ken was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer May 2017.  He was having  other health issues when the doctor advised he see a pancreatic surgeon to take a look at all of the CT scans.  The pancreas was showing some inflammation by the duct.  The pancreatic surgeon immediately ordered an MRCP, a special type of MRI that shows the pancreas more clearly.  A large tumor was found wrapped around the main artery so it was inoperable.  A biopsy was done . It was originally diagnosed at Stage III, but then to State IV since the cancer had spread to the peritoneal and lung.  He began chemotherapy fairly quickly with the drug 5-Flor every week on Tuesdays.  The chemotherapy was about 6 hours. He would then be sent home with a pump for another 48 hours.  Unfortunately that drug was not working sufficiently. He is now on his second month of the chemo drug Gemzar/Abraxine.  His chemotherapy is now about 2 hours on Tuesdays.  Three weeks on, one week off.  He is fighting a tough one. The goal is to work towards some sort of remission.  We have been blessed by the help of  friends and our church, St. Johns Episcopal, in Ellicott City.  Our children have been here often.  Tesla flies in from CA, Jason from Denver, and Brenda lives in Olney. 

Ken has good days and bad. We have to take it day by day.  Sometimes he's up to taking a walk in the morning or going grocery shopping with me.  Other days his pain level is up or he needs to sleep and rest.  He has lost approximately 40 lbs and often feels like he has the flu with chills and achiness - side effects of the chemotherapy.  He is on quite of bit of pain medications to keep him comfortable.

Prayers are always appreciated.


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