Inoperable Pancreatic Cancer: What treatment options are there?

Posted by search4healing @search4healing, Apr 12, 2019

I recently watched a news clip on the national news about advances made in the treatment of inoperative pancreatic tumors, which consisted of chemo therapy treatment (to completely kill the tumor, didn’t know that was possible) followed by radiation…and a third step. Was wondering if anyone knows more about this more recent revelation? My wife has been diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer, the tumor is at the head of the pancreases and is obstructing/enclosing the bile duct and some major blood vessels. I have been told it is inoperable. Diagnosed in October and receiving 2 chemo drugs since November, every other week. No metastasizing of the cancer at this point but the tumor itself appears to have grown. Told whipple procedure is not an option. Does anyone else know of a similar situation and or other possible treatment options? I was hoping to learn more about the recent news report I mentioned above.

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Hi @search4healing, welcome to Connect.
I'd like to introduce you to some other members living with pancreatic cancer, like @nogginquest @lbern @margaretrivers and @marvinjsturing. You might also be interested in reading these discussions where members are talking about treatments options for inoperable cancer.
– Pancreatic cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pancreatic-cancer-1/
– Pancreatic Cancer Stage IV and in partial remission https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pancreatic-cancer-stage-iv-and-in-partial-remission/

What chemo treatment is your wife getting? How is she managing the side effects?

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I think I found the TV news story your referred to here:
NBC News | Pancreatic cancer is often deadly, but a new approach is raising hopehttps://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/pancreatic-cancer-often-deadly-new-approach-raising-hope-n991511

The story features Dr. Mark Truty, a surgical oncologist at Mayo Clinic. You can read more about his work here:
– A revolution in pancreatic cancer treatment https://advancingthescience.mayo.edu/2018/07/02/a-revolution-in-pancreatic-cancer-treatment/

Is this the information you were looking for, @search4healing?

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Colleen, thanks for the response. My wife currently receives two chemo drugs, Fulfironox and Oxciliplatin. At one point they gave her a third chemo drug but that made her deathly sick and totally wiped out her white blood cell count, was hospitalized for several weeks. So of course she had only received it that one time. She continues to receive these 2 chemo drugs I mentioned but the doctor said she will have to come off the Oxciliplatin soon. She has had 7 or 8 chemo sessions thus far and with the exception of the round with the third chemo drug (which triggered severe nausea, diarrhea, and a high temp it took them a few weeks to get back under control….she rarely complains of any pain (when she does, it is in the stomach) no nausea, or other side effects except she says EVERYTHING tastes like cardboard and she really doesn't eat much. She is often cold and only recently is starting to complain of very slight tingling in her fingers when she is trying to cut up vegetables or other similar tasks.

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Colleen, thanks for the response. My wife currently receives two chemo drugs, Fulfironox and Oxciliplatin. At one point they gave her a third chemo drug but that made her deathly sick and totally wiped out her white blood cell count, was hospitalized for several weeks. So of course she had only received it that one time. She continues to receive these 2 chemo drugs I mentioned but the doctor said she will have to come off the Oxciliplatin soon. She has had 7 or 8 chemo sessions thus far and with the exception of the round with the third chemo drug (which triggered severe nausea, diarrhea, and a high temp it took them a few weeks to get back under control….she rarely complains of any pain (when she does, it is in the stomach) no nausea, or other side effects except she says EVERYTHING tastes like cardboard and she really doesn't eat much. She is often cold and only recently is starting to complain of very slight tingling in her fingers when she is trying to cut up vegetables or other similar tasks.

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and Yes that was the story I saw on the news…thank you…I would like to learn more about his new approach.

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