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Reply was posted 06/30/2009 04:22 pm by Anonymous
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If your friend has Stage 4 with liver mets - I would not be worrying about losing her hair - not being rude - just want you to understand how serious this is. While no one knows for sure - she will likely die within 6 months. So, focusing on her toddler and plans for the child when she is too sick to care for him/her and beyond is the most important thing.

Here are a list of chemo combos that people use. Gemzar alone is really palliative - none of them have been proven to be a cure but some do buy some more time it all depends on her system and how well they react and how she tolerates them

Typically, in the US conservative oncologists will treat pancreatic cancer using FDA PC approved therapies: gemcitabine or gemcitabine/tarceva or 5FU and or xeloda. However, more progressive/aggressive oncologists will treat PC with the following chemotherapeutic drug combinations: First-line treatment: Platinum drugs (cisplatin or oxaliplatin) in combination with gemcitabine or gemcitabine/tarceva. First or second-line treatment: GTX: gemcitabine, taxotere, xeloda Second or third-line treatments: PEFG: cisplatin, epirubicin, 5-fluorouracil, gemcitabine FOLFOX: 5-fluorouracil, oxaliplatin, leucovorin GFLIP: gemcitabine, 5-FU, lLeucovorin, irinotecan, cisplatin



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