Patient Comments: Pancreatic Cancer - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your pancreatic cancer?

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 16

My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2012. Surgery was not an option because it had spread too far. Radiation was not an option because it only goes to one place. Chemotherapy didn't work, the chemo pill Afinitor didn't work, so now he will start hospice. He has a 10 cm tumor on his pancreas, a 16 cm tumor on the right lobe of his liver, and almost all his liver is gone.

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Comment from: specialdoc, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 05

In 2004 I had a hydrocele on right testicle, when removed it proved to be testicular mesothelioma (an extremely rare cancer...73 cases world wide in 51 years at the time)and always fatal. I had testicle and chord removed (orchiectomy). 2 months later follow up CT showed malignant neuroendocrine tumor at head of pancreas. Had it removed LAPROSCOPICALLY which I was told could not be done. Dr. Nyuen at USCalifornia removed it at Irvine Medical center. 3 drs had told me Dr. Nyuen was renowned as the finest laproscopic surgeon worldwide. I am now over six years healthy. But, in Feb 2011 I was diagnosed w/bladder cancer. Surgery was delayed due to serious auto accident. 3 weeks ago I went into surgery for bladder cancer and they could not find any tumors or evidence. 6 doctors have called me their miracle patient. I never had any chemo or radiation but these surgeries and tons of prayer. Don't give up praying along with medical, surgical treatment.

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Comment from: Angela, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 12

April 2010 at the age of 74 I had pancreas and duodenum Whipple procedure for pancreatic neuroendocrine carcinoma tumor on head 3.5. Had head of pancreas, gall bladder, part of small intestine, and stomach, and 21 lymph nodes removed, 3 nodes were positive. It is one year since surgery and as of now no occurrence of metastasis. Since surgery diabetes has improved so cut back on insulin, take pancreaze to aid in digestion but appetite has returned and put on a few pounds. Had thyroid nodules that became toxic after surgery causing hyperthyroidism but with a very low dosage of medication have that under control.

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Comment from: Son, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 14

My dad was 58 when diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer stage 4. They gave him 6-9 months to live with chemo treatment. He faught it for 16 months and passed in November 2010. The chemo stabilized the cancer, but by then his liver started to act up.

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Comment from: 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: January 06

My mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last October. She is 75 and has heart and blood pressure problems. She has lost 4 stones in weight since the beginning of last year. The doctor had said she has "up to a year" of her life left. I look at mum everyday and see her getting frailer and I do not think she will live to the end of this year.

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Comment from: sharon, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: September 13

My dad was recently told that he is suffering from pancreatic cancer and has been scheduled for an operation on 30 September 10. My heart goes out to him and really hope that he will be able to cope with it as he is already in his 70s. He is also a diabetic patient. Please God help him pull through the operation and make the recovery process a little easier. Mum and all of us will have to be strong and never gives up hope on my beloved dad.

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Comment from: BeginningToBelieve, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 01

My grandfather just had surgery, after months of taking all kinds of medication and going through chemotherapy. Last week, after 9 hours of surgery, the doctor removed the tumor off of his pancreas. He is technically cancer free now, unless it has spread further to places they do not know about.

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