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  posted on 1/12/2007 at 04:21 PM
My dad has had bladder cancer for 8 years, but when it was diagnosed, the doctors said it was a non aggressive, non metastasizing type of cancer, but usually experienced tumor regrowth. So for eight years, he's kept his regular check ups with the urologist and has only experienced two regrowths. Recently, with his second regrowth, he had to have a shunt put in between one of his kidneys and his bladder. Today he informed me he's getting the shunt removed, but will be starting some chemotherapy treatments. These are the same treatments my wife's dad has recently started, as he was just diagnosed a few weeks back with bladder cancer. The treatments involve the use of a TB vaccine (or is it the virus?) and is sprayed into the bladder through the urethra. I'm trying not to panic. It hasn't even been three years since my mom died, and I damn sure ain't ready or prepared to lose my dad. Don't get me wrong, there's no unfavorable prognosis for either of them at this point, but you understand my concern, in light of all the people in my family who have already been touched by cancer, as well as many of my friends here on HTW. The thing about my father-in-law is he's a 75 year old athlete, and despite being very fond of his vodka martini's, he's in excellent health for a guy his age. He's a hell of a softball player and we're great buds, too. Please keep my dad (Bill-73) and father-in-law (Lowell-75) in your thoughts, prayers and positive vibes.

Edit: I should ad, what makes it so unnerving is they both live in FL. My sister lives up here in GA and my wife is an only child. If things deteriorate for either of them at any point during all of this, we won't be close to lend any kind of meaningful help without having to take leave of absense or what not. That is a big part of my concern...not being geographically close when they need us.

[Edited on 1/12/2007 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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  posted on 1/12/2007 at 04:28 PM
Dont panic big guy. It doesnt help!

postive vibes going out to you, from my fingertips, to the keyboard, out the computer, through the internet and out to your computer screen.

much love my brotha.......

 

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  posted on 1/12/2007 at 04:35 PM
sending you love and prayers Dave..this cancer s*** sucks...man it is everywhere

 

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  posted on 1/12/2007 at 05:12 PM
Dave, all of my love to you. I won't tell you not to worry or panic because it's only natural to. My thoughts and prayers to you, your family, dad, and father-in-law. Bless all of you.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2007 at 06:07 PM
Prayers going out for you and your family Dave. It's so hard seeing our parents grow older - my dad had open heart 2 fall's ago and it was really scary thinking things might not go the way I wished. Praying for strength and comfort for both of your dad's, Dave, and peace to you.
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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 06:47 PM
Dave,

I will keep your dad and father in law in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that everything turns out okay for both of them.

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 07:47 PM
I'm with you brother.

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 08:29 PM
prayers for you & your family.......

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 07:04 PM
Spoke to Dad today. He gets the shunt out on Feb. 1. Treatments will start a few weeks later. After talking to him today, I'm not as concerned as I was when I originally posted. He has a way of calming me down. However, I still want all the + vibes for him and Lowell, my dad-in-law, that they can get. It is cancer, but it's not life threatening at this point. Thanks again for all the well wishes and thoughts.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 11:19 AM
Thoughts and prayers for you and the family...

 

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  posted on 2/25/2007 at 07:08 PM
I think I mentioned this in the AG forum, but I visited dad and Lowell, my dad-in-law, last weekend, and they are both doing good.

I guess I was so freaked by the C word, that I presumed the worst for both of them, even though my dad has been living with bladder cancer for eight years. When he announced he was going to take treatments, I assumed the worst, as in the disease had progressed. It's a fairly new type of treatment, and they offered it to dad to see if it will stop tumor regrowth. Lowell got the treatments as a newly diagnosed patient, and his first series of six treatments have come and gone. He'll get another biopsey in a couple or three more weeks. After that, we'll see what the deal is. Dad has three treatments to go in his six week series.

Thanks to all of you who have expressed concern and well wishes. Bottom line is...I feel better about things for now.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2007 at 07:38 PM
Lemme know if I can assist in any way bro.

 

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