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Inoperable--new kid on block was posted 07/31/2004 11:28 pm by Loretta
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My husband was diagnosed with Mets. pancreatic cancer in the tail and spread to peritineum and liver(inoperable) a year ago. He went to MD Anderson and got the gemzar/cisplatin protocol which after 9 months he developed neuropathy in his fingers and bottoms of his feet, not to mention, ringing in his ears (so he had to stop that protocol). However, the cat scan showed a shrinkage in tumor and nothing in the peritineum and liver. After a 7 week hiatus, he went from a CA 19-9 of 200 to 25,000 and is currently on GTX instead per MD Anderson protocol( he hasn't had a CA 19-9 yet on that protocol). He will start Avastin this week (per his local oncologist's suggestion) and eliminate gemzar. The TX part of the GTX is really rough on him regarding side effects. My question is: Anyone in a similar situation...what treatments have you had, and how successful has it been? I don't know how much more chemo he can take. Has anyone tried Avastin an anti-angiogenesis drug(FDA approved for colon cancer, not pancreatic cancer)? If so, what has been the result? Do you have any other treatment suggestions? Thank you for your reply. I am at my wits end trying to find a good solution to his disease. God Bless You for your reply...and I hope you and/or your loved one is improving.

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