Pancreas Cancer Discussion Page:
An Unmoderated Forum
*
 
Support pancreas research*DISCLAIMER: This page is an unmoderated forum, and the opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Patients are advised to consult their personal physicians before making any medical decisions.
FULL DISCLAIMER

Pancreas Cancer

My Dads Story. was posted 08/19/2015 03:20 am by K. J. M.
E-mail Address:

Message Text
Hello to all who reads this. This is the first time for me posting my dads story. My dad was diagnosed with Stage 2B pancreatic adenocarcinoma back in mid to late March. He underwent a successful mini whipple down at Jefferson University hospital in early April. His surgeon was Dr. Charles Yeo. He removed the tumor on the head of his pancreas. He removed 17 lymph nodes 2 of which showed a positive sign for a tumor growth. He came home 2 weeks ago then recovered close to a month before he underwent chemotherapy using Gemzar for 3 weeks once a week. He then took a little break before undergoing 6 weeks of radiation therapy. He took the oral chemotherapy drug Xeloda for 6 weeks while he was doing the radiation therapy. He is now taking another break before more chemotherapy. I'm worried sick about him. He just turned 78 and he thinks that he won't live to see next year to celebrate his 79th birthday. It broke my heart to hear him talk like that. I want to enroll him in a clinical trial. I also want him to get the pancreatic cancer vaccine. I want him to beat this. I have heard that people can and indeed survive this horrible cancer. He is having trouble sleeping and is in pain due to the surgery and the radiation. He had little appetite but he is now better and eating more. He takes his Creon and a syrup that stimulates appetite. His blood sugars have gone up and he is now on insulin. Can anybody give me some kind of hope and reassurance that my dad can beat this?! They all say that they got the cancer early and that's why his surgeon was able to operate on him successfully. His oncologist wants to prevent a reoccurrence of the cancer. Are there other drugs that are better than Gemzar?! I heard that Abraxane and 5-FU work better together with the Gemzar. Any advice and help and support is greatly appreciated. Thank you all for allowing me to share my dads story. Oh and the surgeon was able to surgically resect my dads tumor from his lymph nodes and his pancreas. Please take care everybody!

Reply to this message | Return to Main Message List
Responses

*DISCLAIMER: This page is an unmoderated forum, and the opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Patients are advised to consult their personal physicians before making any medical decisions.
FULL DISCLAIMER


Pancreas Home | Surgical | Medical | Basic Sci | Docs | Registry | FAQ | Appts | Chat

Feedback | Pathology Home | Oncology Center Home | Search
Copyright © 2020 The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Last Modified: 11/11/2002 10:50 am