Our fathers journey started at the end of July when he woke up with chills in the middle of the night. Dad proceeded the next morning to call his general practitioner. When the labs returned with some discrepancies, he ordered further blood work and an ultrasound. The following week his doctor called with the news that the ultrasound showed a mass on the head of the pancreas. Two days later, CT confirmed tumor in the head of the pancreas and "suspicious" lesions on the liver.
After the weekend his GP referred him to an Oncology Surgeon, Dr. Jeffery Norton at Stanford Medical Center. After a second CT cross checked the original, Dr. Norton's decision and treatment plan was to undergo traditional chemo treatment. With the lesions on the liver Dr. Norton said he was not a candidate for a whipple procedure ( The removal of the portion of pancreas containing the cancer ) because of liver involvement. With the lack of any extended life expectancy our parents pursued other avenues of treatment.
Our father being a RN, didn't want to just take the traditional treatment offered. Through prayer and research our parents went to Dr. Nezami and the integrated treatment he was offering in conjunction with chemotherapy. This part is the reason we want to share our fathers treatment experience. The treatment choice that our parents made is very expensive. The daily cost for the "integrated" treatment is substantial and not covered by their insurance. A daily dose costs $900 dollars, and he is currently in his 5th week of treatment. We understand that many families are effected by cancer and it takes a "community" to fight it. If nothing else, we ask that you help by sharing our fathers story.
From our family, Thank you.