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some answers was posted 09/30/2003 04:29 pm by DCA
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Gemzar is frequently administered along with another drug. Right now, a good combination seems to be Gemzar and Oxaliplatin. Genentech has made some promising steps with Avastin. Imclone's product Erbitux has also been found to have some benefit with pancreatic cancer in some cases. When the cancer is in the tail, a whipple is not indicated since the whipple is intended to remove the cancer from the head of the pancreas, where 90% of all PC cases are found. Make sure you find an oncologist with experience in this area. They need to focus on nutrition (you dad should see if he can start taking fish oil supplements or prosure to keep his weight up) and pain management (my wife used duragesic patches and then took dilaudid orally for breakthrough pain. Regarding prognosis, no one can say. Your father might respond to treatment, his cancer might be slow growing and he might find the right combination of treatments that results in a stalemate of the disease, or even better.

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