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options was posted 05/29/2015 05:49 pm by Anonymous
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Sometimes changing the combinations can be helpful. I've found that every doctor is different in their interest in trying this.

My Mom did Gemcitabine + Oxaliplatin, which worked quite well for about 6 months.

When she progressed on Gemcitabine + Abraxane, we asked if her doctor could add Xeloda (the pill form of 5-FU). This makes the combination GAX (similar to the once popular GTX from Columbia University).

A couple people on this board have mentioned using Avastin recently. I wasn't familiar with this, but you could ask if that could be tried/added to one of the other traditional chemos. Avastin isn't a chemo per se. It is a biologic treatment that attacks the ability of the tumor to create new blood vessels (which is an essential thing for a tumor to increase in size).

Are you near any place that is doing clinical trials? I would start looking around at those.

I do agree with your doctor that if he is feeling good I would likely continue with your current chemo as long as you can. Milk it dry, as they say.

Let us know what you decide.

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