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  • shelby1 has replied to a post on the message board

    I know that the doctor there went to watch Dr. Martin in KY. Just call the pancreatic team at Hopkins they know.

    June 16 at 11:21 AM view post
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      We had C-Diff and just plain diarrhea. We watched what we ate- no rich food, fats, greasy food etc. but we also took Benefiber with each meal-per doctor's orders. Adds fiber to absorb extra water. Worked for us for years. Wrong food was always our problem. Won't hurt anything either.  C-Diff testing is good idea too!!!

      June 14 at 2:47 PM view post
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        I don't think so. I understand that PET Scans tell if there is cancer anywhere because the test "lights" up where there is lots of sugar where it shouldn't be. I don't think the scan could tell if the arteries or veins were involved. If it could many many aborted Whipples could be avoided. Our experience was that the PET Scans are more likely an insurance issue because they don't want to pay for it and push very hard...

        June 10 at 1:23 PM view post
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          Hi, Fatigue is normal and probably your mother's worst enemy that causes lots of what she's going through. Our doctor gave my husband Remeron to help him sleep at night. It's an anxiety drug but it was given for sleep so he told my husband. Many PC people need it. After a little while on this she may go to the grocery store for a short time!   The fatigue will improve IF she is willing to go.   Good l...

          June 10 at 1:02 PM view post
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            He was off that chemo and he did seem better. When on he couldn't remember things that were just said or his eyes seemed to be empty? He would ask questions about things that were discussed. He was definetly confused and freightened by the confusion.

            June 06 at 8:55 AM view post
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              It is new and the machine is expensive. Johns Hopkins bought one so there must be something to it. It's used most often for liver problems very successfully but is new for pancreatic cancer. We had it 4 years ago and for that tumor it worked. The main problem is the insurance companies. If done "open" it is a major operation which is as close to a Whipple as you can get without removing the tumor. We highly recommend...

              June 03 at 1:57 PM view post
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                Hi, My husband was on the Gemzar/Abraxane and had a slight case of pneumonia within a month which seems to be a known side effect. Came on real quick.Slight fever only.  Also he did have episodes of confusion the longer he was on it. 

                June 03 at 1:50 PM view post
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                  Hi We're at the pinched nerve stage with pain meds. Please tell me more about your dad. Very weak but all other things fine??? Thanks

                  May 06 at 8:40 PM view post
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                    This is a difficult question. We went to StonyBrook, had a lot of confidence in Dr. Watkins. We had "open" surgery.  10 days total  in hospital. Both Drs' Watkins and Dr. Martin have probably the most experience. I think Dr. Martin is the most agressive in his approach with Nanoknife as he does perform Nanoknife differently as regards metastatic disease. Our recurrence elsewhere was not StonyBrook approved ...

                    April 16 at 1:04 PM view post
                    • shelby1 has replied to a post on the message board

                      CA19-9 levels go up for other reasons too which is why it's not used primarily for chemo success. How much did it go up and does your mother have a cold or anything?  

                      April 06 at 1:25 AM view post
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                      Pancreatic Cancer
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                      Wife, mother, spouse of husband with pancreatic cancer, 60's Gemzar, Xelox, Nanoknife,

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