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Pancreas CancerYes was posted 11/29/2013 11:37 pm by Jonathan
It is very common if not considered to be the standard care to have some form
of chemo and possibly radiation after surgery. This is particularly true in
cases where any of the lymph nodes removed during surgery show signs of
cancer. Even under the best circumstances it's difficult if not impossible
for the surgeon to say that 100% of the cancerous cells were removed, the
idea is to use the chemo and radiation to clean-up any remaining cancer cells
ASAP. The generally accepted standard of care is to use Gemzar (AKA
Gemcitabine) alone or sometimes in combination with one or more other chemo
agents. Then the next step might be to use a course of radiation treatments,
typically in combination with another chemo agent, 5-FU or Xeloda are the
most common agents used in conjunction with the radiation.
There are some factors that may influence the oncologists recommendations for
post-surgery treatment like the patients overall health or other factors that
might help determine your ability to tolerate the treatments. And of course
the final pathology reports that will help determine the chance that the
cancer could have spread at all, this is where a report of no cancer in the
lymph nodes might indicate a less aggressive course.
In my personal case I usually leaned toward the more aggressive treatments
and was NED (no evidence of disease) for
@ 3 years. Currently I'm receiving
chemo for a recurrence in my lungs and have been for the last 2 years. Very
soon I will celebrate being a 5 year survivor and still lean toward the most
aggressive treatment options available.
Good luck with whatever you decide and if chemo is the choice or not there
are many folks here who have already been through your circumstances and are
more than willing to help you with any questions or concerns you have on your
path to beating this cancer.
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