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how do you get over loneliness i lost my wife last week from pancreatic cancer i am so lonely?


I lost my wife of 13 years from Pancreatic Cancer. She had the cancer for 13 months and i have been with her 24 hours a day for the last six months giving her all the injections,feeding her,cooking,cleaning everything but now I feel so lonely.
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First of all, my sympathy on you loss. You will be feeling lonely and what I called, empty, for awhile. You had been caretaker of your wife for over a year and now that is over. You were grieving for her even before her death, I know as I did when I was in your situation. You have to allow yourself, give yourself permission, to feel, even to be angry if you feel like it. The passing of time is great, it lessens the memories and allows us to see sunshine days again. You may want to consider a grief group, where you can share your feelings. Ask at your church or ask your doctor for a referral. Even if not right now, maybe in a few weeks. I hope that you find peace.  (+ info)

Do I have a fistula and what does one look like?


I have had a fistula a when i was a baby on my butt. I have a recurring pimple that won't go away on a different location on my behind. Is this a fistula?
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A fistula is an abnormal opening, for example you can have a fistula between the vagina and anus. A pimple is definitely not a fistula.  (+ info)

How can I heal a colon fistula naturally without surgery?


I have a fistula between my colon and my bladder. I am not sick nor is it causing any urinary tract infections. I am just passing gas through my bladder. I am looking to find out if my colon will heal naturally. If no, then how will cutting the section of colon out and stapling it back together, how will that heal??
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Please be very careful. My sister-in-law and very good friend had a similar situation. She did nothing about it. Soon there were more fistulas . . . and some of them grew out to her abdomen. Presently, she has four fistulas which have grown to her abdomen, and she wears bags to collect wastes. She has had nothing to eat orally for over a year, and they have been waiting to do surgery but must get her protein levels up. Hopefully this will happen in June of this year. If she had done something about this right away, it could have been surgically corrected, and she would not be in the shape she is in now. Have the surgery.  (+ info)

With Pancreatic Cancer using Gemzar as the chemo. What chemo drug is used with radiation?


I know that Gemzar will not be used, what is the drug of choice with chemo and radiation for pancreatic cancer
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5FU (fluorouracil), either IV or oral (as Xeloda or capecitabine) can be used concurrently with radiation. Gemcitabine (Gemzar) has been used as well in various doses, though toxicities can be considerably more difficult to predict, as that drug is a more potent radiosensitizing agent. It is generally done on a clinical trial.

Good luck, best wishes, God bless  (+ info)

What is my risk of getting pancreatic cancer?


I'm a 14 year old boy, 6'2, 160 lbs. My dad died of pancreatic cancer when i was 5 years old, am i at a greater risk? What should I do? Thank you
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How can a nephrocutaneous fistula be repaired?


I HAD A PARTIAL NEPHRECTOMY.
NOW I HAVE A FISTULA WITH DRAINGE OF URINE THROUGH MY BACK.
IS HAS FORMED A FUSTULA THAT WILL NOT HEAL.
A NEPHROSTOMY TUBE WAS PLACED TO NO AVAIL.
ANY IDEAS ABOUT WHAT CAN BE DONE BESIDE A NEPHHRECTOMY?
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Boy are you are asking the WRONG crowd!

I am NOT a urologist, but I remember reading an article on this subject during a rotation on that service. The only thing I can recall is that it was a persistent fistula and that fibrin glue was used in an attempt to close the tract. Don't recall if it worked, don't recall if it further excascerbated the problem. This is best left to your surgical team, as you may not be a candidate for certain therapies. Good luck to you.  (+ info)

Does taking the Alli diet pill effect your pancreatic lipase levels?


About a month ago, I had some severe stomach pains. The pain would then redirect to my back - some of the worst pain I've ever encountered. I went to the doctor and got some blood work done and they said that my pancreatic lipase levels were high. Just two weeks before, I had stopped taking Alli and I know Alli inhibits lipase enzymes. I was just wondering if anyone can verify if there is a connection between the two.
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Three steps that have really helped me are dieting, exercising, and the correct weight loss supplement for losing weight. Focus on those three things and you will lose weight considerably. I exercise 30 mins a day along with taking Proactol, a natural weight loss supplement that I saved money on at theweightlossplace.com

Good luck and stay focused = )  (+ info)

How do you use a stethascope to locate a fistula or graft in a dialysis patient?


Do you use the large side or small side? What type is best to dialysis fistulas and grafts?
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You listen for bruits with the bell (small part) of the stethoscope.

Here's a comprehensive resource on dialysis fistulas: http://www.fistulafirst.org/pdfs/BeathardAVFPhysicalExam.pdf  (+ info)

Is there any cure for pancreatic disease in the brain?


Cause my grandma is dying of pancreatic disease in the bones and I'd give up anything to have the cure if there is.
bones and brain I mean
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http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/von_hippel_lindau/von_hippel_lindau.htm  (+ info)

My dad was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His partner is keeping things from me. What can I do?


I found out that my dad had pancreatic cancer last December and I've always been told everything. Yesterday my dad had a meeting with his oncologist and something big happened. My dad's partner told my three brothers who won't tell me anything. Today they were all whispering and stopped abruptly when I was around. I feel like I deserve to know what is going on with my dad. Any advice?
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I think you do deserve to know what is going on but you have no automatic right to know. Why not speak to your dad personally and see what he wants to tell you?  (+ info)

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