Gobbler

Posting since August 28, 2016

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Article Talk: 5 Questions With a Physician on Improving Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer
August 28, 2016
One of the major challenges, I'm told, in pancreatic cancer are the limited number of patients who actually qualify for a clinical trial OR who can actually get to a clinical trial. In my case, I was diagnosed with Stage 2B adenocarcinoma of the tail of my pancreas (4cm) with 5/12 regional lymph node involvement. I had a distal pancreatectomy/spleenectomy with 60% of my pancreas removed on 7/10/14 followed by a course of 26 gemcitabine with 6 1/2 weeks of 5FU/chemo radiation and have not had a recurrence. Should the cancer return, I am limited in terms of participation in a clinical trial because of my responsibilities and locality. I am a caregiver for my wife who had a stroke and we live in ...

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Article Talk: 5 Questions With a Physician on Improving Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer
August 28, 2016
One of the major challenges, I'm told, in pancreatic cancer are the limited number of patients who actually qualify for a clinical trial OR who can actually get to a clinical trial. In my case, I was diagnosed with Stage 2B adenocarcinoma of the tail of my pancreas (4cm) with 5/12 regional lymph node involvement. I had a distal pancreatectomy/spleenectomy with 60% of my pancreas removed on 7/10/14 followed by a course of 26 gemcitabine with 6 1/2 weeks of 5FU/chemo radiation and have not had a recurrence. Should the cancer return, I am limited in terms of participation in a clinical trial because of my responsibilities and locality. I am a caregiver for my wife who had a stroke and we live in ...

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Replacing What Chemo Brain Takes Away
December 12, 2015
Well, I guess I don't agree with the message above totally. Cancer has affected me in both ways..chemo brain AND CH. I am still EXTREMELY ANGRY about having cancer. I've been off of chemo for exactly 6 months today and still get periodic "blasts" of chemo brain for days at a time. On the other hand, I wake up every morning, thank God for being alive and move on with my day. Cancer has changed my life forever. Daily I live with the fact (3% survival rate) that this pancreatic monster may come back. Optimism tells me that "it might not come back". Bottom line, it's not up to me totally. It's up to God, good doctors, ...

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Refueling the Caregiver
November 08, 2015
Dear Cure: About "caregiver refueling"....I became a caregiver for my wife who had a stroke in December 2010 after retiring in October 2010. I retired in 2009. Although she is not totally disabled, she still needs constant supervision. In June 2014, I was diagnosed with stage 2b pancreatic cancer. Here we were...I couldn't take care of her and she couldn't take care of me. In order to get through the initial stages of therapy, I had to put my wife in assisted living and after 3 months got her released. Since then, I have been a "dual caregiver" through surgery, chemo, radiation and chemo-radiation. I am a caregiver for ME and a caregiver for HER. Frankly, I'm ...

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