Tom on walk around Snowshoe Lake (5/16/16)

Tom Parrish

First post: Apr 20, 2016 Latest post: Sep 19, 2019
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. Tom had surgery on March 16, 2016 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, CA to remove a tumor on his pancreas. The surgery he had is called the "Classic Whipple" procedure. He also completed chemotherapy, which occurred once a week, with a 30 min IV infusion of the drug;"Gemzar" for 3 weeks, followed by a week off. This 3 weeks on, 1 week off cycle was repeated for a period of 6 months. Up until February, 2018, Tom continued to have "clear" CT scans. In May 2018, it was confirmed that the cancer had returned near the site of the original surgery from 2 years ago, but there were no signs of metastasis elsewhere in his body at that time. He underwent a 5-day course of high intensity targeted radiation therapy in late July/early August, 2018. As of November 2018, it appeared the cancer may be returning, and in January 2019, he started a new chemotherapy regimen - to be repeated every 2 weeks for 5 or 6 months. Thanks in advance for keeping in touch with us - although we may not be able to respond to each comment individually, all of your messages are read by us and greatly cherished!
UPDATE: Tom passed away peacefully on May 12, 2019, at home and surrounded by family. He is dearly missed.