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post again/after whipple was posted 08/30/2011 08:18 am by Anonymous
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After my early summer whipple , our onc( whom we like and respect tho he is conservative) wanted us on at least 9 gemzar injections over three months. We were able to do two months , and thechemo symptoms extreme fatigue,loss of any interest in eating,bloating, inability to return to work) became overwhelming and we both were beggining to loss our ability to make good/rational choices.

Dr suggested we stop( or take a break) gather some energy again when some stamina has returned. so far scans are clear and blood work ok. Of all the tough choices, this is proving to be one of the most difficult. Shall we stop three gemzar injecions early- will it make a significant difference. It seems the more I read, the more confused I get.I think that in our case, the lengthy pre treatment of gemzar and rad took a toll that threw us for a loop post surgery.

Originally, when the onc suggested only gemzar post whipple, I had to think long and hard about not pushing for a more aggressive treatment. I decided that, at a point, one has to make a choice and make peace with it-I am trying to begin that journey with this choice also. I know that many suffer with very tough post surgivcal chemo( and/or rad) For me, there was a strong sense of running out of the ability to cope symptom wise. I hope this doesn't sound weak, I'm just trying hard to work out the options and balance staying sane and healthy! if anyone has thoughts on this choice, I would be so grateful to know them



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