BRCA screening has its limits in assessing dangers for women with a family history of disease, experts say
by taylors13 on Sat Nov 24, 2012 06:42 AM
by Whippleschmiple on Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:29 PM
I don't know much about adenosquamous vs adenocarcinoma version but word aggressive and pancreas make me wonder why xeloda vs. folfox or folfirinox or some other combination. After the radiation with chemo will they give her some other chemo mix? If she is healthy enough overall they more aggressive chemo. They may give one chemo with radiation and maybe other chemo later. I was given 5FU with radiation and xeloda after (6 cycles) and both break down to 5FU. The drugs of choice for most pancreatic would not be xeloda, I had related ampullary cancer and if any nodes were involved I would have gotten oxaliplatin too. Folfox and folfiriniox include oxaliplatin. The choice is based on health of patient, aggressiveness of cancer, etc. Age alone isn't only factor in what is used. If she stays on xeloda, use cushioned shoes and heavy lubricants on feet with socks at night and if needed gloves and balms on hands too. If she gets hand/foot syndrome it is common, temporary, and dosage can be altered, and is associated with more benefit from drug. Also, for many of this class, if need vit. B6 and maybe l-glutamine. good luck, you have your hands full and hoping your husband has been doing ok. Encourage your mom to take probiotic daily and during radiation she needs to be on omeprazole/prilosec to reduce risk severe gi ulcers, if she is not on it, discuss with doc asap. Usually it is given with enzymes for same risk. Look into more veggie based diet, limiting or stopping animal proteins, maybe some organic/natural if any. I do alternatives to dairy, alternative to meat like mostly deep sea fish/ farmed in Canada seafood and domestic shrimp and scallops plus soy-based fake meat substitutes. I find coconut milk products helpful after whipple as bypass liver for digestion. J in NH
by taylors13 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 05:51 AM
by shelby1 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:58 PM
We had radiation with 5FU pump. Xeloda is the pill form of the pump.
Where is the adenosquamous?
by taylors13 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 02:48 PM
by shelby1 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 02:59 PM
We may have the same thing in our back muscle near the pancreas that's why I asked where?
by ammarsheikh on Mon Nov 26, 2012 09:09 PM
I hope your mom is doing good. Besides all medical treatment have your mom keep good immune system to fight this deadly disease. My brother is fighting it for the last 2years and now he is not doing that good. There are some natural fruits and vegetables which help fight cancer and keep imune system good. Also if you can find dry appricots and have there seeds broken and eat those seeds inside the seeds they are very helpful to kill cancer cells naturally. Good luck
by ws1953 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 02:28 AM
I am sorry to hear about your mother but happy at the same time that she had surgery and is doing well. I pray for her full and speedy recovery.
Pancreatic cancer is very serious business. My younger brother was diganosed two years ago. He is still struggling with chemo and radiation.
I am not familiar with particular type of cancer your mom has it. However; I would recommend that she should have a nutrition plan that will detoxify her body and boost the immune system so that cancer won't return.
There are several websites where you can find diet plans or buy some books. It would be nice if you can do it ubder the supervision of a naturopath.
Good luck and best wishes. Keep us posted.
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