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Discussion Boardreasonable med to try was posted 05/03/2010 12:50 pm by lyn
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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