Dad met with Dr. Haque today at Columbia Basin Hematology and Oncology (CBHO).
Recommendation was to go in on Friday at Kadlec Hospital to get his port, a small medical appliance that is inserted under the skin just below the collar bone. Then he will start chemotherapy next week (Tuesday or Wednesday). And will begin a four week cycle of one day a week for three weeks and then one week off. After the week off he will start the cycle again and repeat it 4-6 times.
When that series is complete he will have a PET scan (produces a 3D image) to see if there are any cancerous lymph nodes and then will begin radiation on the pancreas.
Gemzar is the type of chemotherapy he will be having. He fortunately won't be losing his hair - which he claims to be disappointed by. :)
We all felt encouraged that the oncologist felt that this treatment isn't just fight off the cancer temporarily but to cure it.
We hope you all feel encouraged as well!