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ALTERNATIVES IF FOLFIRINOX DID was posted 04/28/2013 09:13 pm by Abraham Maroun
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My uncle was diagnosed in February with Stage III Pancreatic Cancer (localized, not yet spread). My uncle is 72 and in great health. Unfortunately surgery was out of question unless the tumor was shrunk, then surgery would be rediscussed. My uncle went thru 4 treatments of FOLFIRINOX - but the latest scan showed no decrease in tumor size. The good news i guess is that it hasn't spread.

The doctor says to do 4 more treatments of FOLFIRINOX, but I really wonder what benefits is 4 more treatments going to do if we have already seen the tumor hasn't shrunk more this medicine?

I really wonder what we should do? He is currently being treated by a local cancer clinic and has visited UNC Chapel Hill. I wonder if he might get access to more leading edge research / newer techniques / possible clinical trials if he goes to Duke? Any benefit to going to a leading edge research hosplital?

Any alternatives that my uncle should bring up to the doctor? Such as GEM / Abraxane?

My prayers go out to all the people with this difficult disease.

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