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Same dilemma for us was posted 03/31/2010 05:47 pm by MK Florida
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We had the same dilemma; husband age 69; head ofpancreas cancer; but we decided to start the treatment; had 6 mos of chemo and 31 radiation treatments; he started at 155; got down to 126# and is now up to 141#; the good thing about the treatment is it shrunk his tumor! Now he will be able to have the Whipple surgery at the end of April; and since that is the only cure, the surgery; we are glad we went ahead with the treatment instead of waiting; because it may save his life; yes he did lose a lot of weight and got weak; but it beats the alternative; he is going on one year with this disease; never thought they would be able to shrink the tumor; but they did; and they shrunk it away from the vein so he can have the surgery; we took a 2 wk beach vacation during a two week break in the chemo; he had done two months of chemo before we went; he only had minor side effects from the gemzar; no vomiting, a little nausea but controlled by meds and some fatigue; had to take a rest each afternoon; but basically, we had a great vacation and we weren't worried about delaying the treatment for that time; I know it is a tough decision; but I am glad we did things the way we did; because now he has a CHANCE of survival. He is actually doing quite well, which is very surprising, because he almost died from kidney failure; blocked bile duct, etc; had heart attack and stroke 10 years ago. The human body can withstand a lot more than we think it can; and the treatments are so much improved from the chemo of years ago. God bless you and I hope you will be happy with your decision; just wanted to give you some hope; because last July we thought all was lost; but now I think we were wrong; only time will tell; but things are going much better than we expected. God bless you both!

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