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Pancreatic Cancer And A Cyberknife Procedure?

Postby Devyn » Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:48 am

My Step-father was recently diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. While this isn?t curable, they are telling us it is treatable and he is a candidate for a Cyberknife procedure. I understand that life expectancy is less than a year without the use of a Cyberknife, but I was wondering how the Cyberknife procedure will affect this number and overall quality of life. He is early 60s and in good health.
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Pancreatic Cancer And A Cyberknife Procedure?

Postby Riku » Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:53 am

I?m very sorry. Your stepfather must have a favorable histological type and/or a low grade tumor for the doctor to be so optimistic as less than 20% of pancreatic patients survive the first year and the median survival is 2-6 months.

Cyberknife is the best radiation treatment we have for this type of cancer and may double his lifespan. This was used to treat Patrick Swayze and he survived just under 2 years.
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