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DX'd by a gastroenterolgist 7/99. 73 yo, m, Cauc. Had many exams for heart trouble, "chest" pains, before final DX. No mets to date. Started treatment with 25 radiation doses and simultaneous Gemzar at low doseage. Not recognized as very effective but held the tumor at bay. Read in the chat section of the Rubitican clinical trials through "Debbie of Conn" (great help). Was accepted and assigned the control drug, 5-FU, by infusion and started in 11/99. Gradually reduced tumor from more than 4 cms to about 2.5 cms. Unfortunately, diarrhea developed to such a level that about 6 weeks ago the dosage of 5-FU was reduced so much that it was considered ineffective. I now have 3 weeks of Rubitecan under my belt and am starting to tolerate it quite well. The fluids required to drink are a real problem and the pain meds had to be adjusted. Today is 7/22/00. May your God bless and protect you all.

Posted 07/22/2000 10:21 pm by Gordon
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