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Re: Chemo for new diagnosis

Postby J_T » Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:38 pm

Hi Valerie, its a difficult time for you and your family, you are stepping into the unknown. Just know many have gone before you and have some good outcomes. Most people report the treatments getting easier after the first couple so keep that in mind.

Best wishes for your first time

Julia x

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Re: Chemo for new diagnosis

Postby Sueoliver » Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:54 pm

Hi Valerie hopefully you will get some good results with the chemo. My Mum's blood sugar went up to 18 but they haven't classed her as diabetic! She can still eat what she wants, although that isn't much at the moment!
I hope it goes well on the 24th. Stay strong.
Love Sue x

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Re: Chemo for new diagnosis

Postby Bowie » Wed May 20, 2015 2:03 pm

Valerie, hi I hope your treatment is going well and you are feeling OK. My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 on 27 March 2014, with spread to his lungs and an adrenal gland and told he had 12-26 weeks naximum, but probably nearer 12 weeks. Well he has been on Gemcitibine and Ambraxane and is still going, with shrinkage to the secondaries in his lungs, no trace on his adrenal gland and stable in his pancreas. The side affects have been fairly minimal, a fried brain feeling, his description meaning slightly irritated for a few days. I realise that this could all change, so we don't want to tempt fate, but his life for a 71 year old, is quite good. He cooks dinner each night, does the shopping, light gardening, pottering and manages a drink in our local before serving dinner, plus time with the children and grandchildren. He doesn't walk too much, as he's tired earlier, but make-ups for this by driving around a lot more. Anyway we sort of try and live day to day, but get scared every 8 weeks with the next scan. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that everyone is unique and the experts' prognosis is based on empirical evidence which is changing all the time, with many people, with this evil disease unwell without the pancreatic cancer, so this does all affect the statistics negatively.

I hope the treatment works really well for you with minimal or no side affects. Fiona X