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Adenocarcinoma was posted 12/30/2008 10:22 pm by Donna C in FL
E-mail Address: dmcrane@cox.net

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Adrian was 64, never smoked, drank beer but not much, ran 5 miles a day, never overweight. Ate very well. Never had any pain. Started complaining of 'feeling full' after eating, causing some discomfort, and then started losing weight...184 down to 140. Finally about 3 months after the first problems, he developed jaundice. Said he didn't realize that tea colored urine and the clay colored, floaty stools was something to be concerned about. Navy hospital GI doctor immediately suspected PC, which was confirmed tumor on head of pancreas. We self-referred to MDA and he had chemo (Gemzar & Avastin(trial drug)) and radiation, then 5 weeks recovery, then Whipple 9/7/07. Spent 19 days in the hospital, difficult recovery and uncooperative patient. He is currently back up to 155, running again, eating well.Three months after the Whipple he had an incident with kidney stones for the first time ever, no problem since. His paternal grandmother died of some type of stomach cancer a long time ago..could have been pancreatic. Other than that, no cancer history that we know of.

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