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    My father was diagnosed with Stage 3 locally advanced pancreatic cancer last Christmas.  After three rounds of chemo and one round of chemo-radiation, he is fortunately a candidate for surgery.  As with every stage of this disease, we have different views from two highly qualified surgeons.  One at Sloan believes the tissue surrounding the celiac axis is inflammation not cancer. He'll remove the tumor,...

    November 20, 2012 view discussion
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      Jeff,  Has she had radiation at all, or that progress with chemo alone?  My father is showing good progress after three rounds of chemo.  We're told we'll probably need five more and then radiation.   Congratulations and hopes for more good news!

      February 19, 2012 view post
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        My Dad (stage 3 - diagnosed Dec. 26, 2011) had a PET today to confirm his tumor had not spread outside his pancreas only to be told his tumor didn't show up on a PET (it certainly showed up on the CT angiogram -- it's around 2.5 cm).  Has anyone ever heard of this? 

        January 13, 2012 view discussion
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          We chose Bruckner as well for my Dad.  We went everywhere -- Sloan, Hopkins, Beth Israel.  Bruckner was the best choice and most highly recommended.  

          January 13, 2012 view post
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            Keep fighting!!  God Bless.  

            January 13, 2012 view post
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              Sorry to be late in replying.  Yes, let's keep in touch.  My father started chemo last week.  We opted for G-FLIO (basically Gemcitabine plus the same drug combination of Folfirinox at lower dosages).  He seems to be responding well.  Did your father start Folfirinox?  How is he doing?

              January 13, 2012 view post
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                I'm posting again seeking advice on which of two different treatment options to pursue for my father who was recently diagnosed wtih Stage 3 pancreatic cancer.  His tumor is inoperable because it is encasing his celiac artery.  There is some debate about whether he can ever be operable with that condition.  We're currently trying to decide between two different treatment approaches. 1. Folfirinox ...

                January 01, 2012 view discussion
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                  Thank you!  

                  December 30, 2011 view post
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                    My dad was just diagnosed with Stage 3 locally advanced pancreatic cancer that is inoperable.  We're frantically trying to decide on a treatment option before the tumor gets to Stage 4.  One oncologist recommended "Folfoxiri".  Is that the same as Folfirinox that I've read about here?  The specific drug combination is Gemcitabine with Folinic Acid/Leucovorin, 5-FU, Oxaliplatin and Irinotecan. An...

                    December 30, 2011 view discussion
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                      After being misdiagnosed for six months, my father was recently diagnosed adenocarcinoma, a 2.4 cm tumor in the tail of the pancreas.  We were lucky enough to get into Sloan Kettering only to learn a day later yesterday that the surgeon believes it's inoperable at this stage and recommended chemo and radiation to try to shrink it.  He sent us to the oncologist, who can't see us until the end of January.&nbs...

                      December 28, 2011 view discussion
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