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what do we try next? refracto was posted 02/28/1999 01:23 pm by tania
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My mother was diagnosed with pancreatic adenocarcinoma in October 1998. At first the disease was considered localized, but unresectable, so the neoadjuvant gemcitabine/radiation protocol was used to try to make the tumor operable. Unfortunately, the treatment failed and the disease spread to the liver. The gemcitabine was continued at a higher dose, without radiation; however, she can no longer tolerate this treatment and her white blood cells and platelets have dropped to dangerously low numbers. Every doctor I speak to has either no idea, offers no hope or recommends a Phase I trial. Is there anyone out there with a similar experience and would be willing to offer advice on where to go next. We are working with FoxChase Cancer Center in Phila. PA; however, they are only interested in enrolling her in a Phase I trial with a ras vaccine or a farnesyltransferase inhibitor. We are not comfortable with a Phase I trial and are looking for addtional sources of ideas.

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