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reasonable med to try was posted 05/03/2010 12:50 pm by lyn
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Taxotere is being used frequently to treat pancreatic cancer by a few doctors, usually in combination with other medicines (eg. Gemzar, xeloda). A closely related medicine (Abraxane - in the same family) has also had some pretty good results lately for pancreatic cancer, and some doctors think it is better tolerated then taxotere. Both medicines can cause the typical side effects of fatigue, nausea, losing hair, and drops in the blood counts.

I would wonder whether she should try it alone, or in combination with another chemo (like Gemzar). Sometimes the combinations work better. Also, I would think about a clinical trial. Try to contact some of the teaching hospitals in her area to see if there are any trials that might be appropriate for her. Also NIH (National Institutes of Health - in Maryland) does some trials and they will often pay for your expenses to go there.

It is hard though, as this cancer is rare so there aren't as many trials.

Good luck, and hang in there.

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