To all of you who know someone who is fighting this dreadful disease, know someone who has passed on, or may even be fighting this battle yourself... I hope you find some comfort here at this site, whether it be an article, a link, or even a picture. My heart is with you, for I have lost my dear sister Janel who was only 42 at her passing October 26th, 2009. This young woman never drank alcohol or smoked a day in her life. She was a third degree brown belt in karate and only lived for three days following her diagnosis. I encourage everyone to support research and funding for this silent killer.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Care That Never Quits...

Pancreatic Cancer Prognosis

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Over Five Years Later:
A Survivor’s Story

When pancreatic cancer survivor Peggy was told there was no hope, she refused to give up and came to CTCA.
Conventional wisdom often says that the pancreatic cancer prognosis is not a good one. Conventional wisdom also says that cancer can't often be beaten, but we at Cancer Treatment Centers of America know that conventional wisdom can be wrong.
When your doctor gave you the initial pancreatic cancer prognosis, it may have erred on the side of caution. No one wants to give false hope, yet no one wants you to walk away from your initial pancreatic cancer prognosis feeling that there is no need to do anything further. Yes, the pancreatic cancer prognosis may be serious, however, the pancreatic cancer prognosis is not without hope.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America one of the most valuable things we can give people who are dealing with a less than optimistic pancreatic cancer prognosis is hope. Call 800-487-3526 or click here to chat with on Oncology Information Specialist online about your pancreatic cancer prognosis. We can start you on the road to more effectively dealing with your pancreatic cancer prognosis.

Pancreatic Cancer Prognosis: There is Hope

When you first received your pancreatic cancer prognosis, you most likely had a lot of questions. Some were as basic as "Will I survive?", others may have dealt with best treatment options, post treatment care, and life after treatment. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America we've dealt with all those questions and more. We are dedicated to giving you the most optimistic pancreatic cancer prognosis possible. We won't give you false hope, but we will give you hope. Hope that your initial pancreatic cancer prognosis can become brighter. Hope that your pancreatic cancer prognosis doesn't mean an end to life as you know it. Hope that, working together, we can find ways to bring health and healing to your initial pancreatic cancer prognosis.
Call 800-487-3526 and speak with an Oncology Information Specialist today. Healing and hope may be as close as a phone call. Your initial pancreatic cancer prognosis was not written in stone. You may have the power to change that prognosis for pancreatic cancer. Cancer Treatment Centers of America is ready to be your partner in making that change.

What do you say to someone who is dying?

Talking to someone who is dying can be very uncomfortable. It can be so uncomfortable people often avoid, or want to avoid, visiting or talking with a dying person. People often state they “just don’t know what to say.”

It is understandable we are at a loss for words around someone who is dying. We never wrote essays in school about talking to a dying person and dinner conversations don’t routinely cover this subject. It is especially difficult to find words when we are experiencing intense feelings of sadness and impending loss. We may only see their failing body, declining health, and vanishing spirit while losing sight of the fact a dying person is more than their death. Finding words in this painful situation necessitates a broader perspective than the moment we are in.

At any point in time a human being is a composite of their past, present and future.

Relating to people successfully includes referencing all three of these dimensions.

When we say “hello” to someone who is dying we need to be thinking about the person they were, the person they are, and the person they will become. When we ask “How are you?” we need to really mean it and not accept “fine” or “OK” as an answer. We need to say “No, I mean how are you really.” Then we need to listen and listen well, because talking with someone who is dying is as much about listening as it is about words.

We may not know much about the particulars a dying person shares such as diagnoses or tests or treatments. But we all know about pain, frustration, sadness, and loss. These feelings are not situation specific and we can say “I am so sorry you have to experience these things today.” Empathizing with someone who is dying is a powerful way to be with them. Even the dying person can only spend so much time with their decline and will need to move on.

You can say “I remember when things were different. Do you remember when we went fishing in that snowstorm?” or bring up some time in the past you were together. This can often be a comfortable time talking about your shared past and exchanging familiar remembrances that connect you in the world of memories. Talking about past experiences reminds everyone that the dying person’s life is more than what it is today.

When reminiscing is ending you can talk about tomorrow by asking “What will your tomorrow be like?” This question may take you into current events or it may take you into the final chapter of a life. When a dying person talks about “just waiting to go” you may squirm and say “I hate to hear you say that, my world will be different without you.” Tears and hugs and hand holding are meaningful because sharing emotions and touch are another powerful way to be with someone.

Ending a conversation or visit with a dying person can be hard. You can say “I have to go now, I have enjoyed talking with you, I am thinking about you.” You may be overwhelmed with lots of other thoughts and emotions, but know you have made a positive difference by spending time with someone and their past, present, and future. And when the dying person can no longer talk, you can still communicate with them by sitting quietly at their side in silence, remembering their life is so much more than this moment.