Saturday October 12th my father was finally scheduled for his long awaited PET scan. My parents and I arrived at the hospital at 7am. Within less than five minutes someone cam back to explain the scan to my father and escort him back to the...

Since the mid 1990’s, delays in patients beginning treatment for cancer care have been increasing. As the population of the U.S. continues, more people will continue to be diagnosed with cancer, and as new therapies continue to extend survival rates, the demand for health services...

Today is day 17 of my fathers journey. I finally received the information on the pathology report that I had been awaiting. It is adenocarcinoma of the pancreas, with metastatic disease to the liver. My father has Stage IV pancreatic cancer. How did I finally obtain all...

Tuesday afternoon the physician performing my fathers EUS and biopsy came out to talk to us briefly after the procedure. He clearly stated that he took 8 specimens, the pathologist would not give a preliminary read, but would have results back to us in 24 hours....

Today my father went in for his EUS to get a biopsy from the tail of the pancreas where they believe his possible cancer resides. The hospital called on Friday and asked if they could move up his procedure time to 11am. My father was...

When people are anticipating a possible diagnosis of cancer, or receive one, the internal clock begins to tick. This is a concept that can be difficult for physicians and other clinicians to grasp. This is one thing that I have been acutely aware of since...

Today is Friday, the 4th of October. Spoke to my mother this morning and she said that my father is feeling a bit better. Apparently on Thursday he didn't sleep well, he had to take pain medication twice, and pain upon urination. On Tuesday morning my...

In my previous post I discussed the fact that an ultrasound was being scheduled for my father. It took the hospital 5 business days to schedule my father for his appointment. Well, that happened last Friday. What was found on ultrasound was a mass just...

Last night I gave my father a call to check in and see how he is doing. My dad is in really good health, retired, and about to turn 69 this year. I typically speak to him once a week, and usually see him about...