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Pancreatic Cancer: A Stubborn Foe

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Because the organ is located deep inside the abdomen, disease symptoms can be tough to detect



Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:45 PM

I have neuroendocrine cancer of the pancreas it has spread to my liver and small bowel   I had little to no symptoms as do most people with it    I am currently having monthly hormone shots    tried sinutib and maybe be on that again some day    feeling pretty good still working full time outside the Phila area.    I did not know that this is the type of cancer Steve Jobs had.   Goes to show you that you can have all the money in the world and still not cure this nasty disease.   We have to continue to research and fight this disease.   I have no plans of going anwhere soon   I have a wonderful team of doctors at the university of Penn and I really feel that they are are giving me wonderful treatment      The key to feeling so good I think is staying and thinking positive.  

Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:55 AM

I was operated on for pancreas cancer a year ago. Hopefully they got it all. My last CT scan said there had been no changes in a year, which I take as a good sign.

My symtoms were loose bowels and I had begun to turn yellow on my face.

I feel lucky I had a good Doctor.


Sat Oct 15, 2011 01:11 AM

Operated on for fatty cyst in pancreas in 2002 at Mayo Rochester.  Surgeon very surprised to find islet cell cancer (Steve Jobs kind) that had spread to liver.  Removed tail of pancreas and have been living comfortably for last 9 years.  On sorafenib study drug for 3.5 years before growth too much to stay on study.  Slowly taking over my liver, but still feeling good.  I guess when I hit the wall, I'll know it.  Just started Afinitor in July.  Mouth sores switched to taking every other day.  Not feeling as good as I did when taking nothing, but have to try to keep it from growing.  Living for the day and trying not to dwell on what the future holds.  God is in control so I'll be ok no matter what.

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