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Reply was posted 11/30/1997 11:34 am by Mary
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Sue, I'm sorry to hear about your husband. There are some different drugs that the doctors can use for chemo. My brother was on 5-fu with radiation. Then later the doctors tried him on Gemzar (generic name gemcitibine). The Gemzar was very useful in extending his life, but he couldn't take a full dose of it. The doctor dropped his dosage to 55-75% of a normal dose, which my brother was able to tolerate and really got some good days from. So, your husband shouldn't automatically think that he can't take chemo at all if he had trouble with the dosage of the first type. Ask a lot of questions. There are helpful information sites at Don Sterner's pancreatic cancer site http://www.sterner.org/~dsterner/pancreas, and also at Oncolink http://oncolink.upenn.edu Oncolink deals with all kinds of cancer but there is a lot of helpful information dealing with PC. The best of luck to you and your husband.

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