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Many chemos was posted 11/30/2013 04:36 pm by Jonathan
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When my recurrence was first confirmed by a needle biopsy the chemo we chose was Folfirinox, it gave some tangible positive results like nodules shrinking and some disappearing altogether. We did 12 infusions over 6 months, at that point the choice was made to switch to Gemzar/tarceva mostly to avoid some of the more toxic and cumulative effects of the Folfirinox, I had begun at that point to have lasting neuropathy. After 3 months of Gemzar and Tarceva we went to Gemzar/Abraxane for about a month or so before I had a bad reaction to the Gemzar, at that point after some time off chemo to heal up we did Abraxane alone for @ 6 more infusions.

The best news about these chemos is that the Gemzar combos and Abraxane by itself kept the cancer dormant and the Folfirinox actually reduced it. I'm back on Folfirinox now and jumped at the chance to do it when my doc said it was OK since it had been over a year since we used it last. I'm not discounting the fact the others kept the cancer dormant either, I could live a long time with dormant.

I don't have studies and research papers to back up my observation but I think you are correct about lung metastasis, It seems to be slower growing and has a better chance to be controlled than liver mets. Although I have seen and heard about people who have successfully battled liver mets for many years or even got to a point where they were NED after liver mets it seems much more rare.

Great news that the patient is in such excellent physical condition otherwise, chemo or other treatments will be that much easier to tolerate and I believe it also helps with the potential for positive outcomes, I already know that people who run marathons are mentally tough as well and understand that their bodies can keep going far beyond when those first messages from their brain to quit or slow down start coming in

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