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Scott has stage IV pancreatic cancer that has metastasized to the liver and lungs as well as a nearby lymph node.
I am sure that like us, you find it absolutely impossible to believe that this healthy, robust man could have such a devastating condition going on inside him.
There is almost no background to provide, but I will provide what we know. About 3 weeks ago Scott was complaining that he must have pulled some intercostal muscles because the area between his ribs was sore. But Scott has been busy cutting bamboo over at the ‘future’ house,’ he’s been carrying sheets of plywood, loading up wheelbarrows of this or that, so it was understandable that he maybe had overdone it and was sore. Then on Friday 7/21 he was feeling bloated and overfull and couldn’t eat dinner – we chalked that up to a big lunch that same day. On Monday 7/24 he had some pretty severe gut pains, severe enough to send him to the doctor the next day (Urgent Care). We thought maybe it was a gall stone attack, the Dr thought maybe it was an ulcer. She ordered a thorough ultrasound of the gut area. On Wednesday, 7/26 he had the ultrasound and continued to have pretty severe gut pain after eating. We got a call that night that there were some lesions on the liver and something concerning about the pancreas and so Scott would need to go in the next day for two MRI’s. On Thursday 7/27 Scott had the MRI’s. During this time, Scott evolved to basically not eating because eating caused the onset of some pretty excruciating pain. I called the Dr on Thursday morning 7/27 and said Scott either needs to go to the ER or get in to see someone asap due to the severe gut pain. The Dr said he was waiting for the final MRI report and would call back as soon as it came in. About an hour later we got the call with what feels like the worst new imaginable. The Dr ordered him to the Corvallis hospital (because Albany hospital does not have an on site Oncologist). By now it had been about three days without food (although he did have a milkshake and managed that moderately). The Dr said the plan was that they will do a biopsy and will provide IV nutrients and will manage the pain. He was admitted and they did the biopsy. The hospital stay is to get nutrients in and manage the pain.
Daughter Julia, our Naturopath, explained the reason why pancreatic cancer is so deadly is because it does not show itself until it blocks a major organ and by the time you have your first symptom, the cancer has had a field day growing and spreading. This seems to be the case for Scott, who has been hard at work every day - often for 12 hours a day - working on our new home and never feeling any signs of a health problem.