Hello~ I have a new diagnosis - Stage IV PC

Posted by slosammie @slosammie, Aug 30 12:00pm

Good Morning! I am so happy to find this support group for PC.
I was diagnosed and confirmed with stage IV in August. Chemo starts on Friday Sept 2nd. Right now, with medication, I'm starting to feel better. Up until now I experienced constant pain, stomach and back, and didn't know why. I am not with Mayo but as of August 25th, I'm seeing a UCLA oncologist. I look forward to joining your group 🙂

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Welcome to this group ! There are so many caring and informative people here. I learned a lot for my cousin who also has stage IV PC. She is now undergoing treatment with chemo for 15 months. My cousin is doing well. She is still working and eating and living her life with her family. Yes she is tired a lot and needs to stay home from work after the treatment because she feels nauseous at times. However the doctor is wonderful and the nurses and staff make everything as pleasant as possible. Let us all know how you are doing. We are here for you
Sincerely Susan

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Brother-in-law was diagnosed with Stage 4 squamous cell pancreatic cancer in May. Has had 3 months of chemo. Most recent scan shows no further growth and possibly one area slightly smaller. He has lost some weight, appetite is not as good as it use to be, is fatigued after chem but has experienced no nausea. Does not have any of the symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer so far. Is 73 years old and still working part time.

He is going to continue chemo for the next 3 months. He is experiencing extreme swelling in lower legs and feet. Anyone have any suggestions to help? Wears compression socks, is taking a diuretic and tries to keep them elevated.

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@mugs24cancer

Brother-in-law was diagnosed with Stage 4 squamous cell pancreatic cancer in May. Has had 3 months of chemo. Most recent scan shows no further growth and possibly one area slightly smaller. He has lost some weight, appetite is not as good as it use to be, is fatigued after chem but has experienced no nausea. Does not have any of the symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer so far. Is 73 years old and still working part time.

He is going to continue chemo for the next 3 months. He is experiencing extreme swelling in lower legs and feet. Anyone have any suggestions to help? Wears compression socks, is taking a diuretic and tries to keep them elevated.

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Make sure to eat plenty of protein, use protein supplements and shakes if needed and drink plenty of water. Avoid salt if it's a problem. You want to minimize the weight loss during chemo. The better the metabolism the more easily the side effects are handled.

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I will pray for you♥️🙏

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Hi @slosammie, I'd like to add my welcome. I'm a bit late to the gathering, but I see you got plenty of great advice and encouragement from @susanpmadigan @mugs24cancer @beachdog and @jillywilly.

It's just been a few days since your first chemo. I hope it went well and that you're feeling okay. When you feel up to it, I'd love to get an update – when you're ready. In the meantime, thinking of you.

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