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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you
User :   My friend got to know that she is suffering from 4th stage Pancreatic cancer
User :   doctors told her to have chemotherapy (may be it will work) and some doctors told her not to take chemotherapy (for it has side effects) and live the way she wants for next 3 months or so
User :   Is there any cure in any part of the world for this? For any cost?
Doctor :   Pancreatic carcinoma is unfortunately usually a fatal disease
User :   oh
Doctor :   fewer than 5% of all patients are still alive 5 years after initial diagnosis
User :   she is just 18 yrs
Doctor :   median survival time of all patients is 4-6 months.
Doctor :   if it is operable and successful cutting
Doctor :   even then
Doctor :   median survival time ranges from 12-19 months
Doctor :   Up to 60% of patients have advanced pancreatic cancer at the time of diagnosis.
Doctor :   and makes survival a low chance
Doctor :   Hello are you there
User :   yea
User :   so that means anything will be exercise in futility
Doctor :   the overall cure rate for this terrible disease has not dramatically improved in recent decades.
Doctor :   This is due to the biological behavior of pancreatic cancer
Doctor :   Yes
User :   oh god
User :   should she go for chemotherapy
Doctor :   Although very modest improvements in survival have been achieved by adding chemotherapy and radiation therapy to surgery
Doctor :   pancreatic cancer remains essentially resistant to almost all forms of therapy
Doctor :   Best would be palliation
Doctor :   let her live pain free
User :   how do we do that
Doctor :   The Pain management
Doctor :   Specialist in Pain management
Doctor :   and Oncologist are to be followed
User :   ok
User :   do u know anyone
Doctor :   DId i clear your doubts
User :   yes u did
User :   thanks a lot
User :   doctor
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting Health care magic,
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