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hang in there was posted 03/29/2011 10:09 am by Anonymous
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It is a very hard time. Keep the oncologist and radiation oncologist up to date with all side effects, in case they have ideas. Also, think about getting a palliative care doctor involved if you feel the main doctors are not helping enough. Palliative care is a wonderful thing that all of us should have - a doctor whose main concern is treating our symptoms and side effects. It is for ALL patients - not just patients in hospice, and helped us a ton.

It is true that there are side effects from radiation. It is also true that constipation is a continued problem with pancreatic cancer and many of the medicines we are given for treatment of our symptoms. Bowels must keep moving, and make sure he stays regular. Also, slow stomach emptying (gastroparesis) can develop with many people with pancreatic cancer and can cause nausea/bloating/decreased appetite. Very common, and often mis-diagnosed.

good luck

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