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: 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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Comment from: 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 26

My mother is 70 years old with pancreatic cancer. After an operation she had in August 2009 she took chemotherapy for 3 months. In December 2009 MRI showed that cancer appeared on the liver. After two months of Chemotherapy she was so tired from the symptoms of the therapy that doctors decided that was no use to carry on with therapy. Doctors gave her maximum time of life 1 year. 3 weeks after last chemotherapy she is recovering and feels better even though family is very pessimistic about her future. We expect that the end is very near.

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Comment from: sad sister, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 23

Well I really just have a question. My sister survived the Whipple surgery 7 years ago. It has now come back fast and furious!! She's going down very fast and we can hardly bare it. Now all of a sudden she has been bloating bad in her belly and the Dr. has given her 2 bags of Lasik. I know that it is only a matter of a short time before she slips away but I'm not ready. If you can let me know about this fluid I would appreciate it.

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