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You asked about time frames. We don't like stats because each patient is different. Some make it longer much longer, others don't. Dads doctor told us without treatments 3-6 months but just remember that is only stats. Some have been here several years.
When your sister goes to the oncologist(that is if she decides to do treatments) he will do a tumor marker test called a CA19-9 to get a base line. After treatments are started he will do another tumor marker test to see if the numbers have dropped. If the numbers drop that is great it means the chemo is working. If the marker goes up it is indicative that further test need to be done to see if the tumor is growing or if an infection could be causing the rise in the numbers. Most patients do well on the chemo for this type of cancer. We often think of the days of old when people were so sick from chemo and that isn't usually the normal case any longer.
If a problem should arise just post your problem here and somebody will
always respond with suggestions that has helped them. Hugs Lillie
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