Digestive issues and pancreatic cancer
I was diagnosed with endocrine pancreatic carcinoma in late December, 2017. I began Gemcitibine/abraxane to, hopefully, shrink the tumor on the tail of my pancreas enough to have surgery to remove it. Didn’t work so I began 28 days of radiation in July, 2018. Didn’t shrink. I began 10 treatments of Fulforinox in October , 2018, which thankfully , shrunk the tumor. I had a distal pancreatectomy/splenectomy in May, 2019, at University of Utah cancer center. My CA-19-9 was within normal range until about 9 months post op. It has continued to at least double every three months when I have my scans and in Aug, 2020 it was 2400. My CT and PET scans have been clear so far. My problem/questions relate to my digestive issues. I have taken Creon off and on and am currently taking it . I don’t seem to have any changes with or without. I still have multiple lose stools a day and lots of intestinal discomfort late afternoon to early morning. I take it to try to keep my food absorption ok. I weigh 95-96 lbs and this is steady.
I’m wondering what other meds anyone takes to help with the gas and bloating. I take Imodium, gas-x, beano,and anything else I might find on the pharmacy counter. My oncologists don’t recommend anything but the nurses and nutritionists have been helpful. I stay away from fatty food but have to admit, I like a piece of good chocolate daily.
Oh, I am a 73 year old (74 in Nov) female. I am active and healthy except for the digestion issues. If it weren’t for my cancer markers on the rise, I wouldn’t have a worry.