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one thing.... was posted 08/17/2015 09:04 am by Anonymous
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You are not alone in thinking this way. It is completely overwhelming at times. I am very envious of the people who are able to look on the positive side and live for today, since we never know the future. That is hard for me to do.

You are in a very good situation so far. To already be 15 months out and not have a recurrence already is a very good sign. The longer time interval without a recurrence, the better you will do. The healthier you are and younger you are, the better you will do. And the longer the time before a recurrence, the more time you have for new discoveries to be available for treating PC. It is already amazing to me how many changes have happened in the last 5 years. 5 years ago, FOLFIRINOX and Gemzar/Abraxane were not even routine therapies, and now they are the top two proven treatments.

But chemo sucks. I am hoping the new Immunotherapies will show benefit for PC and will change the way we treat many cancers.

Meanwhile, I hope you have a very good gastroenterologist helping you after Whipple, and a very good oncologist following you. If you don't, now is a good time to look around for another. And I have found that a survivors support group and treatment (medication or a therapy) to help decrease the anxiety are very helpful.

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