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cancer unknown primary

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 17, 2007
  • 06:25 AM

My husband was diagnosed as having cancer of unknown primary. This was discovered because he had malignant ascites and biopsy showed adnocarcinoma, undifferentiated. The ascites caused his abdomen to swell like he was nine months pregnant. He became so ill he was bedridden, on oxygen, had to use a wheel chair, and went down to 134 pounds on a six foot frame. He was then started on chemo, and has made remarkable progress. He walks, drives, and even works at the golf course twice a week. His chemo is not curative, but the doctor said it will buy him some quality time. He is up to 156 pounds. He is fighting this so hard. His primary doctor told me he has 3-6 months to live, with or without chemo, and I thought I heard his oncologist say very quietly he might have a year with chemo. Cancer of unknown primary occurs they say in 3-5% of cancer cases. I also gave my husband a pill called Paw-paw, and melatonin to ease the chemo symptoms. I think the doctors are pretty amazed that he is doing as well as he is.

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