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Myron was posted 05/28/2014 11:43 am by Mary Y - PA
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In 2005, there were three of us who had the exact same dx. The other two had their Whipples only a few months before me. One opted for no chemo or radiation, the other chose to do both. When I met with my Oncologist, she advised that it would be best to go with both chemo protocals and radiation to hit the cancer with 'all guns ablazin'' to insure that a stray cell wasn't hiding in a corner somewhere ready to strike as soon as it was safe. The person who didn't go for chemo or radiation died 18 months post Whipple. The other person passed away over eight years post Whipple and I'm still hanging in there.

Further to this, was a person who responded to one of my posts a few years back, wherein my Oncologist's advice to do radiation came into question. This person decided to go with chemo only and has since had a recurrence.

The only answer I can give you is that based on what I went through and what I knew then, I wanted every possible means to survive and if that meant going with radiation, 5/FU and Gemzar, I wanted 'The Full Monty' and as we all know, the only thing definite about PC is that what works for one may not work for another.

Congrats on being a 4 year survivor! I'll be praying for continued success on your journey.

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