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Mom cannot have whipple was posted 03/31/2006 04:14 pm by Arnaz in NJ
E-mail Address: arnazy@comcast.net

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For those of you who didnt read my post earlier, my 69 yr old mother went through 5 1/2 weeks of 5 FU and radiation to see if her PC tumor would shrink out of the SMA. We got the results today. The Dr. sayst there is no significant change from before. Unfortunately, the radiologist at UPENN did not even mention the current tumor size or percentage of encasement in the MRI report. So simply, therefore, no Whipple. Numbers wouldve been nice to see if the 5 1/2 torture actually amounted to anything for the patient.

Anyway, My mom will now proceed on to Gemzar w/ weekly infusions. She is 91 lbs now (normal weight is around 115). She eats, but not a lot. She has abdominal pain that we give Oxycodone and Codeine #3 for. I hear w/ Gemzar you cannot have any drugs with Acetomenophen/Tylenol.

I'd love to hear from others who could not have the whipple, had SMA encasement and are still fighting this battle. I just want to be prepared as much as possible.

There are so many wonderful and enlightening stories on here that give my family and me hope to move on each day. I applaud each patient and caregiver who has the time, energy and devotion to listen and to answer worried caregivers like myself at all hours of the day. Prayers and thank yous to all of you! Arnaz in NJ



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