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Tarceva/Xeloda not working was posted 04/30/2010 06:39 am by Chris
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I have posted here a few times before. My dad was in Stage III last Sep - successful distal made us quite hopeful at some stage. He has been on Gemzar until he started having ascites in March. Some of you told me that that's not a good sign, in fact, it might mean that he's only got a few weeks to go. The oncologist said his ascites is more to do with the location of the cancer cells. So far they told us that the cancer hasn't spread - still in pancreas and lining of the abdomen.

Dad was put on Xeloda and Tarceva and his situation has declined ever since his first cycle. Those drugs really knocked him around. He had blood clot in the lungs and had some blood transfusion. He needs to go to the hospital at least once a week to drain his fluid and have sodium, protein drips etc.

The oncologist stopped all chemo treatment and referred him to palliative care. I have told that he's only got a couple of months. I know many of you have gone through this. I thought I was prepared after reading so many stories on this board but it's very difficult when reality hits. Seeing your loved ones suffer so much is heart breaking. My dad has spent all his life working to support us and he is supposed to retire this year and enjoy life. I suggested to get a second opinion from another doctor but he refused. I guess he's sick of all the tests and is giving up. He is so weak now that he struggles to have a shower. It's really great to see those of you who stay strong mentally and keep fighting.

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