As you know my dad is not one for attention, however with the circumstances I got the ok to go ahead and create a page where everyone can stay informed. We have decided to start the “Team Troy” caringbridge website to keep family, friends and coworkers informed of our dad’s progress. He coached us and encouraged us in all kinds of sporting activities. Now it is our turn to encourage him and be his biggest supporters.
As you may have heard, our dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer recently. It started out in December as a back pain when he would lie down at night. Being a person that doesn’t complain much, he thought it wasn’t that bad but decided to go into the doctor January 9th week to see if it might be kidney stones again. He had some blood work done, a CT scan and then a MRI of the abdomen that found a 3.5cm cyst on his pancreas. He was referred to Mayo clinic the following week. He and Brenda Green (his significant other) were there for 5 days. Further testing at Mayo consisted of lab work, CT scan and meeting with surgeon Dr. Nagorney was done to see if it was just a cyst or something more serious. It was found to be cancer, but we didn’t know what stage. He also had a liver biopsy done at Mayo, which was positive for both lobes. It is stage 4. We are still waiting for anything that might be good news at this point! We met with a general surgeon, Dr. Debeltz in Grand Forks. He explained having a portacath inserted under the skin in the chest for IV access for chemotherapy so he doesn’t have to get needles in his arms every time. Chemotherapy starts Monday, February 6th with Dr.Dentchev and he will have it once every 2 weeks for 6 months or so depending how things go. There will be repeated scans throughout to see if it can be shrunk down enough where surgery can be done. The surgery with Dr. Nagorney would be a panceaticoduodenectomy (whipple procedure) which basically means the body of the pancreas (where the cyst is), and part of the intestine (duodenum) is removed. He plans to have that done at Mayo in Rochester. It is a big surgery so he will recover there initially (for up to a month) and then comes back home to Grand Forks.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often nonspecific and subtle in onset. He still feels relatively good (just some minor back pain at night), so all this news in hard to comprehend for everybody, especially Dad. Cancer happens to somebody else, not us! Even though the prognosis isn’t very good, people have outlived expectations numerous times. And this is going to be one of them! Dad is young, healthy, and a fighter! He didn’t let us give up, and we will not let him give up. This is the most important game of the season! Go get’em Troy!
“We have two options, medically and emotionally; give up or fight like hell.” - Lance Armstrong
We are depending on the power of Prayer. Please keep Dad in yours.