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Pancreas Cancer

Recently Diagnosed was posted 09/30/2003 04:18 pm by Eddie
E-mail Address: edward.schleper@perkinelmer.com

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I have just learned that my 68 year old father has pancreatic cancer in the tail. It is inoperable due to its proximity to a major vein. Consequently, the next step is oncology and a bioposy to determine the treatment regime, which I assume will be Gemzar? Has anyone experienced shrinkage of the tumor with Gemzar? Is it possible that the tumor could shrink so as to make it operable? If operable, does this mean that the Whipple procedure will be used? Also, he has two additional spots on his right lung. Does Gemzar help this? Finally, although the Doctor did not indicate a time frame, does anyone have similar experience and can tell me how long he may have? Thanks!

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