Hi all, I guess I should post an intro since I jumped in with other posts already.
My wife was diagnosed with stage 3 pancan in July 2019 shortly after her 61st birthday. We met with our local gastroenterologist who connected us with the local pancan surgeon as well as the pancan specialists at Johns Hopkins. The local surgeon's diagnosis was marginally resectable tumor in the body with close proximity or involvement of celiac trunk. This was confirmed by JHH team. The course of treatment was laid out as 6-8 folfironox cycles, followed by a JHH clinical trial of keytruda and a pancan vaccine, then SBRT (radiation), then Appleby procedure followed by second cycle of clinical trial then completion of folfironox for a total of 12 cycles.
We opted to get the folfironox treatments locally in Orlando and the rest we would travel to Baltimore. Due to hurricanes and holidays disrupting the chemo schedule she wound up having 9 folfironox cycles before heading back to JHH. This turned into a blessing in disguise because the molecular study of the tumor showed that the folfironox was very effective in treating tumors with PALB2 mutation and that the clinical trial wouldn't be recommended. She was able to proceed to SBRT and surgery.
The Appleby was performed on February 20 at JHH. Surgery took 6.5 hours and they removed 60% of the pancreas, left adrenal gland, gaul bladder, spleen, 23 lymph nodes and resected the celiac trunk. The surgical pathology came back 100 % negative. She wouldn't need anymore chemo cycles.
So that was the good news. Initial outcome is that she is cancer free. The first quarterly scan is scheduled for June, were not sure where this will happen considering the covid19 travel restrictions.
I have written elsewhere about how poorly her surgical recuperation has progressed. She is plagued by chronic diarrhea and stomach pain resulting in weight loss and malnutrition.