pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

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pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by cranfo on Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:00 AM

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My husband has been diagnosed with pancratic cancer and is stage II-b.  He is recovering from a Whipple surgery and is doing well.  He will begin chemo in a few weeks.  

He was in A co.  1st Btl (mechanized) 25th Division stationed at Cu Chi Viet Nam  from Jan 67 to Jan 68.  I am looking for anyone who may have served with him that may be going through the same health problems. Of course pancreatic cancer is not one of the health issues covered under agent orange but we think it may have come from that or maybe linked to exposure to hepatitis B while in Viet Nam.

Thanks    

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by Westerville on Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:00 AM

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I was in cuchi with the 25 th 69-70 but have advanced prostate cancer. I was on a veteran's site maybe Hadit or veterans resources and a wife said her husband had advanced pancreatic cancer and she said there is a parasite that you get from drinking the water and it can take many years for it to cause the cancer. She suggested all veterans get tested . I believe her husband had past away and she was trying to get the VA to recognize the cancer not from agent orange but from the parasite which many Vietnamese get pancreatic cancer from. This is always in the back of my mine to get tested but their is no cure for my cancer so I just put it off.

 Good luck,

The two veterans websites are:

http://veteransresources.org/

http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php

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by cranfo on Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:00 AM

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I am so sorry for your cancer. 

I think I read that article but how do you get tested?  When my husband was told he had elevated liver enzymes and his bile duct was blocked, this is when I read the article.  His bile duct was blocked due to the pressure of the tumor on the bile duct.  

My husband remembers having a commanding officer that loved being in field and kept them out for months and they had to boil their own water to purify it.  I will try to follow up on this article and thank you so much for your reply. 

 

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by Minipinwheel on Thu May 24, 2012 06:47 PM

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My husband was diagnosed with ampullary cancer back in Aug. 2006.  He also had a Whipple surgery with alot of complications.  He went through chem and radiation.  Chemo was 5FU for 6 weeks, everyday. Radiation was 5 days a week for 6 weeks. He is doing well now and is told he doesn't have any cancer.

He served with the 3rd/47th Infantry down in the Mekong Delta. I believe it came from the Agent Orange but the VA doesn't.

I pray all is well with you and yours.

 

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by Mamoo on Fri May 25, 2012 01:05 AM

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Hi. My 63 year old husband with pancan is also a vietnam vet. There are a lot of vietnam vets with this cancer. It is great your husband is doing well Minipinwheel. Wish him continued good health.

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by Whippleschmiple on Fri May 25, 2012 02:35 AM

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Cranfo and minipinwheel-  I had ampullary cancer and a fellow survivor of ampullary had a lot of agent orange exposure and feels it caused his ampullary (related to pancreatic) though I don't think there is an official stance on this.  He feels his type 2 diabetes is due to it and is being watched for some pre-leukemia I think markers that they DO blame on agent orange.  I have know idea how I got mine but agent orange was used in tar on roads in Canada and I used to walk barefoot there summers, but had other chemical type exposures, maybe meat/animal food exposures, who knows.  Minipinwheel, what stage, what tissue type... was your husband's ampullary.  I am nearing 2 years and we always need good news stories.  :-)  I had whipple + radiation with 5 FU bookends + Xeloda 5-6 months (breaks down to 5FU).  There is an ampullary area too, maybe post a positive/good news pick me up.  Too many of even ampullary get recurrences.  I find it especially troubling that these cancers are striking younger and younger.  

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by brat70 on Mon Jun 09, 2014 05:56 PM

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My father Special Forces 1856-1977 several tours in NAM he died in 1984 six years after he retired.I am not bitter however I do want justice for Vietnam Veterans . I believe in the country and our people remember there are others that will fight for the ones that fought for us too. Godspeed !

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by brat70 on Mon Jun 09, 2014 05:57 PM

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My father Special Forces 1956-1977 several tours in NAM he died in 1984 six years after he retired.I am not bitter however I do want justice for Vietnam Veterans . I believe in the country and our people remember there are others that will fight for the ones that fought for us too. Godspeed !

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by brat70 on Mon Jun 09, 2014 05:58 PM

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My father Special Forces 1956-1977 several tours in NAM he died in 1984 six years after he retired, from pancreatic cancer .I am not bitter however I do want justice for Vietnam Veterans . I believe in the country and our people remember there are others that will fight for the ones that fought for us too. Godspeed !

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by reggiecos on Fri Oct 17, 2014 09:34 PM

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On Dec 31, 2008 12:00 AM cranfo wrote:

My husband has been diagnosed with pancratic cancer and is stage II-b.  He is recovering from a Whipple surgery and is doing well.  He will begin chemo in a few weeks.  

He was in A co.  1st Btl (mechanized) 25th Division stationed at Cu Chi Viet Nam  from Jan 67 to Jan 68.  I am looking for anyone who may have served with him that may be going through the same health problems. Of course pancreatic cancer is not one of the health issues covered under agent orange but we think it may have come from that or maybe linked to exposure to hepatitis B while in Viet Nam.

Thanks    

Hi,

My name is Regina (Reggie), and my husbaqnd was in Vietnam in 67-68 also.  My husband had not been ill a day in his life until he was in an auto accident.  He was taken to the hospital and was given a general C-T scan.  This was May 30, 2012 and he was 64 years old.  It was at this time that he was diagnosed w/ pancreatic cancer.  A very small spot was found on his pancreas.  He was advised by a pancreas surgeon, and 2 days later had surgery.  We thought they were going to remove a small portion of the pancreas, but 10 hours later while surgery was still going on, we were advised the doctor was doing the Whipple surgery.  He then had 4 additional surgeries, removal of spleen, and any other organ they could remove.  He passed away March 3, 2013, the most horrific experience my husband, myself, and family have ever been through.  He also had chemo and radiation during this period.  I personally have not recovered from this experience, and frankly, I don't think I ever will.  To watch your husband or anyone go through this deterioration process is, and was horrifying.  He suffered much pain and weight loss every day after the Whipple.  There was no type of recovery period...none.  It was down hill all the way.  I am presently fighting the VA to no avail. 

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