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nope was posted 12/30/2009 10:58 am by Anonymous
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To answer you question, I don't believe (only because I've not heard it mentioned) that the choice of which chemo agent is used is ever based on the tumor cells being well, moderate or poorly differtianted.

Unfortunately, we are not at the standard of practice where each pancreatic tumor is individually tested against chemo agents to see which agent would be more/most effective. That seems to be the way that cancer treatment is headed but we are not there yet. I know a few cases, there this has been done but it has not yet become a standard of practice in the oncology domain (yet).

So there are the standard chemo agents that they will start with and then see what happens. If the first agent doesn't work, then they may add another agent or switch off to something else.

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