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Eating Problems was posted 12/31/2006 03:47 am by Bob
E-mail Address: fingers@rochester.rr.com

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My partner was diagnosed last year and had a modified Whipple and subsequent surgery for a partial intestinal blockage. He was able to get through a few rounds of Gemzar before and after the last surgery, but his eating has never returned to normal. He can manage some soy milk or an occasional one or two bites of food and that is about it. He is 44 and his labs are ok except for the rising CA19-9, but he has lost so much weight and the nausea and fatigue make it difficult for him to do very much at all. I'd like to see him get back on the Gemzar + Tarceva, but it is at the point where anything that will make him feel worse doesn't make a lot of sense. He has tried Marinol and is now on a low dose of steroids, but neither seems to help much. His oncologist doesn't want to give him Megace because of the risk of blood clots. Should he see a gastroenterologist? Any other ideas? I just feel he could be doing so much better if there were a way to get him the nutrition he needs. Thanks everyone, it sure is hard on all of us.

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