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Bill-adjuvant chemo was posted 01/31/2006 08:42 pm by Blue Bird
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Heloo Bill,

Congratulations on your whipple. Consider yourself fortunate.

Adenocarcinoma is the glandular tracking type of cancer that fills up empty spaces. Some people have described it cauliflower like, and that is why it is soo important to follow up with 6 months of chemo (a combo of 2 or more agents) and or radiation therapy. This is to kill the microscopic scatter cells that might be (probably are) still behind.

I don't know about the other type of tumor you described. Perhaps do a google search for it.

How long ago was your whipple and how big was the tumor? How is your weight gain? Are you taking enzymes?

My husband is 53 and had a whipple March 8, 05 and followed up with 6 months of Gemzar and Tarceva and then is still on 6 months of Tarceva. So far no recurrence. He had a 1.9 cm. adenocarcinoma, with 3 of 16 nodes positive and clear margins. He worked thru the chemo as a blue crab fisherman (but had a few lousy days).

As you can see, everyone is different and there are many aspects to follow up treatment. The CA-19-9 marker, and CEA is taken on my husband every 3 months now.

His ct scans have been every 3-4 months thus far.

On the JHU homepage there is alot of info about the disease and some good illustrations. At the top of this page is a FAQ button with good info as well.

Good Luck in your Journey and keep us posted.

Blue Bird

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