Of course, it is all guess-work. The tests are just not that precise. Plus, they don't have a way of knowing if my pancreatic cancer is fast growing, average, or bit slow. Put it all together and you get a range.
I'm holding up well under chemotherapy. Now have had eight session; my CA19-9 is down from 5,500 to 1,100, so we're "Shrinkin' Tumor!" (Unfortunately, that isn't the same as eliminating tumor. :-)
The only number Dr. Marshall Flam, my oncologist, has mentioned is that he thinks I've got a 50:50 shot of lasting a year.
By the way, word on the street is that I canít plan to do much during the last three months. That will be probably be home-hospice with my daughter Lucie and family. She home schools her four children; my wife works; and the children will be great at answering "Papa's little bell." :-)
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