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Advice?? was posted 06/30/2008 11:20 pm by Michelle
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I am wondering if anybody could provide some suggestions and/or advice? My dad (age 64) was DX PC 5/1/08. He had whipple at Mayo clinic 5/2/08 and was hospitalized approx 2 wks. Prior to discharge, a PET scan revealed the PC had met to his left lung. Approx 6 wks post op he began chemo at a local clinic (not Mayo-he felt it was too far away for weekly treatments, etc.) He has been receiving chemo only 2 weeks--he is enrolled in a clinical study (Gemzar & RP-101 (oral)), and has been so incredibly sick w/lots and lots of vomiting, an itchy rash, etc. He's been hospitalized two times for dehydration. He's been given Zofran and steriods for the vomiting. Neither seem to be doing him any justice. We asked the onc about Emend and he said he wanted to try some other things before resorting to that. His weight has dropped considerably. He is 6ft tall and weighs about 135 (normally 180-190). He says he has no appetite at all and eats very little. He's resorted to walking with a cane. I'm wondering if we should stop the chemo all together until he can garner some physical strength, ditch the trial drug, insist on the Emend?? Go back to Mayo?? Any advice would be so greatly appreciated.......Thanks in advance,

Michelle

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