In Loving Memory
In Loving Memory Of My Dad
I've posted some links through out this on Pancreatic Cancer
On Father's Day, June 16, 2013, my Dad passed away after a brave and hard fought 9 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Myself along with my sister and my mom were at his side.
He was only 72.
He was the best dad and I have always admired him. Shortly before he died, I told him "Dad, if the world knew how great of a Dad you are, they'd be beating down your front door because they'd want you as a Dad too!".
He was kind, gentle, loving, encouraging, supportive and outgoing. He was a teacher for 35 years before retiring (so was my mom). As a teacher, he did his best, when he had a tough kid in class to let them know they have worth and can be anything they want to be. He truly loved his job.
He has 5 grandchildren and adored each and every one of them. I still can't believe he is gone, it has really been a hard road, but we will always have the memories with him and the love. I love you Dad!
Honor and Awareness
I want to honor this great man that I was was soooo fortunate to have as my Dad and also bring awareness to Pancreatic Cancer. I know other store owners have memorials in their store and I think it's a great thing to do.
I knew nothing about Pancreatic Cancer before Dad was diagnosed. I only knew it had taken Patrick Swayze's life and a few other's.
It is called "the silent killer" for a reason, the symptoms you get, you would never think twice as a big deal.
Back pain, side pain, weightloss etc. No one in their right mind would ask a doctor to do a CT scan for those minor symptoms and no doctor in their right mind would DO a CT scan.
THAT is the scary part. There are no early detection tools.
My Dad was in great shape other than having diabetes with Peripheral Neuropathy in his feet and hands. The Neuropathy was a result of not going in soon enough when he started having numbness and tingling in his feet and hands, which he later found out was a result from untreated Diabetes.
*Please, never ignore things like this and if you know someone who has this and thinks it's just circulation, encourage them to be seen.
My Dad was diagnosed on September 13, 2012 with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.
He never had cancer before and there is no family history of Pancreatic Cancer. It all started with back pain and he was told it was just back pain and 8 months later he was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. None of the symptoms are anything a doctor would think to order a CT scan for....which is how they diagnose it.
There are NO early detection tools.
Because he was stage 4, there was no option to operate as it had spread to other organs.
PANCREATIC CANCER FACTS 2013
Source: Pancreatic Cancer Statistics
1. Pancreatic cancer is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and is anticipated to become the second by 2020.
2. Pancreatic cancer is one of the nation’s deadliest cancers with a five-year relative survival rate of just 6 percent. An estimated 73 percent of patients will die in the first year of diagnosis.
3. In 2013, an estimated 45,220 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States, and approximately 38,460 will die from the disease.
4. Based on the changing demographics of the U.S. population and changes in the incidence rate and death rate, the number of new cases of pancreatic cancer will increase more than 2-fold and the number of deaths will increase 2.4-fold by the year 2030.
5. Pancreatic cancer is the tenth most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and has moved from the tenth to the ninth most commonly diagnosed in women.
6. Risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer include: family history of the disease, age, chronic or hereditary pancreatitis, smoking, obesity and long-standing diabetes. These and other risk factors are still being investigated.
7. Pancreatic cancer may cause only vague symptoms that could indicate many different conditions within the abdomen or gastrointestinal tract.
Symptoms include: pain (usually abdominal or back pain), weightloss, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), loss of appetite, nausea, changes in stool, and diabetes.
8. The location of the pancreas deep in the abdominal cavity is a factor hindering early detection of pancreatic cancer.
9. Surgical removal of the tumor is possible in only approximately 15 percent of patients with adenocarcinoma, the most common type of pancreatic cancer. Chemotherapy or chemotherapy with radiation may be offered before or after surgery.
10. Chemotherapy or other drug therapies are typically offered to patients whose tumors cannot be removed surgically. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Guidelines for the treatment of pancreatic cancer states that clinical trials are the preferred option for treatment.
11. There are complex biological features of a pancreatic cancer tumor that distinguish it from many other cancer types.
12. High priority research areas being explored for pancreatic cancer include: identifying biomarkers for early detection using registries of patients with a family history of pancreatic cancer, developing drugs that target specific gene mutations, understanding how the tumor microenvironment alters drug delivery, and harnessing the immune system for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
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