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Wed, Apr 29 8:07am · Pancreatic Cancer Group: Introduce yourself and connect with others in Pancreatic Cancer

Hi Colleen, Thank you for asking. My mom has done quite a bit and is still on Gem/Abrax (almost done with this). Her issue is that she did Fulfirinox before her Whipple in Sept 2019, then started on it again after Whipple. Her CA-A 19 kept going up (nothing on scans) so changed to Gem/Abrax. Her CA-A 19 kept going up (nothing on CT or PET scans). Took her for second opinion…they recommended radiation on pancreas. We did that and now are finishing up her Gem/Abrax cycles. Her CA-A 19 is in the 2000s and nothing shows on MRI, CT Scan or PET scan. We'll see now end of May, she'll be done with this chemo and have another scan. God willing nothing shows and her tumor markers start going down. Overall, she's feeling better than ever, so that's a great thing. It's been a little over a year since her diagnosis and it's been a very difficult road, so the fact that she feels better is great news 🙂 One day at a time. Thank you!

Mon, Mar 30 3:44pm · Pancreatic Cancer Group: Introduce yourself and connect with others in Pancreatic Cancer

Yes, that’s exactly what my mom is doing. She just has 2 more treatments left and goes back to chemo next Monday. She’s had no side effects…thank God. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me 😊

Mon, Mar 30 11:53am · Pancreatic Cancer Group: Introduce yourself and connect with others in Pancreatic Cancer

Hi, my mom has a closer recurrence than your husband (Whipple 09/2019) but very similar situation. She's now doing radiation while she's been on chemo (took about 4 weeks off for radiation). She didn't need to have "gold beads" put in place (I know they are used to pinpoint the location but it might depend on what type of radiation is being used). My mom had a 4D CT scan to mark her and everything was done externally and very easily. Did you ask about options for the radiation that might not need a procedure done? It might be necessary in your husband's case, but like I said my mom didn't need to have anything like that done. Best of luck to you both…there is nothing easy about this cancer and now with the COVID-19 situation it only adds to our worries and concerns.