Can a person survive adenocarcinomas?

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RE: Can a person survive adenocarcinomas?

by lucky2Bhere on Sat Dec 01, 2012 01:07 AM

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Hi Pat,

Yes the diagnosis is devastating, especially since your sons are so young.  I will add you & your sons to my prayers.  May the angels hold your hand during your chemo treatments, & with each drop direct it to your cancer cells.  I believe prayer & positive thinking is so very important. Keep up the good fight!

God Bless You & your sons! Hugs, Candy <3

RE: Can a person survive adenocarcinomas?

by bushy on Sat Dec 01, 2012 01:07 AM

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luckytobehere

I an 27 months after whipple I did not finish chemo as my oncologist said I would not make it to the last treatment if it continued, the statistics are not good with PC however we are not statistics,we are all different people, I have chronic pain since surgery,I think where there is life there is hope, so luckily I continue to resist this disease I have had two friends die in the past few months of PC they were given 2 months to live, yet with different chemotherapy they lived for over 12 months what the future holds no one knows but I enjoy the moments that make life enjoyable

bushy

bushy

RE: Can a person survive adenocarcinomas?

by ammarsheikh on Sat Dec 01, 2012 02:51 AM

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On Dec 01, 2012 12:44 AM PatWat wrote:

Hi,

I am new to this forum.  I was diagnosed with terminal metastatiic pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma) in mid November of last year.  I went to the University of Michigan for a second opinion and they said there was nothing that could be done...just palliative care...and they gave me six months to one year to live.  I have been on chemotherapy since diagnosis and I feel okay...just a lot of neuropathy in my hands and feet, very tired and some joint pain.  My ex-husband died in 1999 when my two boys were 3 and  7 years old...now they are 17 and 21.  

I feel very sad and angry right now, but truly believe I am in God's hands and that even though the diagnosis is devastating....I see life through my limited vision....not through God's eternal eyes!!

So it has been 11 months since diagnosis and it is difficult because I feel that people look at me and think..dead man walking!!!  Still, people have been amazing and supportive.  I just cannot believe the financial devastation that this disease entails...even though I worked 30 years as a respiratory therapist in a hospital!!  I am not afraid to die, just very sad to leave my boys!!! 

Blessings to you!!!
 Pat

Hi Pat, May God give you full recovery. There is a place Rational therapeutics in CA they do target chemo which I have heard has done mirelces for prople. I can give u there no u can call them I have talked to them also since my brother has benn fighting this deadly desease since cot 2010. when he was diagnoses he was at Stage II advanced, now it has spreat to abdomen and mtetatestic and ascites . He is being currently treated at MD Anderson in Houston,TX. The lady you will talk to is Sheri 562-989-6455 ext is 103

Good luck  

RE: Can a person survive adenocarcinomas?

by Whippleschmiple on Sat Dec 01, 2012 03:38 AM

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candy,

  I mentioned in past I know an approximately 15 year survivor of pancreatic adenocarcinoma, and a 3 year survivor as well.  I have met a 5 year survivor and others that I know less well.  There are many stories of hope on maybe its pancan and some other sites of survivors, some of which are adenocarcinoma patients.  Especially if caught early and treated with chemo and radiation, some will have a 20-40% cure rate, and seems best bet might be neoadjuvant (before whipple) treatment to reduce around artery/vein.  The biggest issue with pancreatic adenocarcinoma is how late it is often found.  I also do not think the standard of treatment, choices of chemo used, quality of whipple/radiation are standard except in top centers.  I wouldn't want local care if local care wasn't the best of the best.  I think all patients should quickly get 2nd opinions when faced with such cancers and act fast as delaying treatment increases likelihood later stage.  Best to all.  I think for those that have the means, the idea of targeted chemo sounds good, not sure insurance covers it.  I think I have occasionally heard patients of patients with later stages or recurrences respondingly extremely well or in long term remissions but yes best bet is aggressive treatment for ideally caught early tumors.  

RE: Can a person survive adenocarcinomas?

by FranLazerov on Sat Dec 01, 2012 06:21 PM

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Although my cancer of 10 years ago was lung and not pancreatic, I can relate to how you are feeling. I wasn't so much angry as I was confused and terrified, because I never smoked and couldn't understand how I could get that kind of cancer.  But, it happened, and you do what you have to do.   Don't listen to people who give out "expiration" dates.  That is absurd! Keep you nourishment up, be with people, try to keep your normal routine as much as possible.  It will help you feel more in control.  Some day someone will come up with a treatment that will knock pancreatic cancer on it's rear end, if I may be so bold, and I want you to be around with it happens.   My heart goes out to all of you. 

RE: Can a person survive adenocarcinomas?

by PatWat on Sat Dec 01, 2012 07:57 PM

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Thanks so much.  I guess my biggest concern would be the cost.  I am in Michigan...but I might give them a call.  I pray that your brother will thrive!!!  Blessings to you and your brother!!

RE: Can a person survive adenocarcinomas?

by PatWat on Sat Dec 01, 2012 08:05 PM

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Thanks so much, Candy!!!  That means so much to me and I will keep you in my prayers too!!!  I had a fortune cookie the other day in which the fortune said:  You will be blessed with longevity!!!  I laughed and I keep it by my bedside.  God is always with us no matter what!!!!  Blessings to you!!!

RE: Can a person survive adenocarcinomas?

by PatWat on Sat Dec 01, 2012 08:21 PM

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Thanks so much for your share FranLazerov!!  When I went to U of M for the second opinion, that was the doctor's opening line...I bet you're wondering where this cancer came from.  And his answer was..we just don't know.  I do pray that someone does come up with a cure....it seems like you hear so much more about the other forms of cancer...it feels like they just kind of given up o it...but I hope you are right!!!  Blessings to you and everyone here..your encouraging words have helped me!!!

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RE: Can a person survive adenocarcinomas?

by rjcrossley on Sun Dec 02, 2012 05:43 AM

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On Nov 14, 2012 1:52 AM lucky2Bhere wrote:

OK, we have probably all read the thread, Can a person survive Pancreatic Cancer.

My question is different.......... we all know that Endocrine & Adenocarcinomas are very different. Many people with endocrine pancreatic (cancer?) can live many years. But andenocarcinomas, especially with any metastasis has a much bleaker outlook. 1yr, 2yr, 3yr etc.??

Soon it will be Thanksgiving.......... I am Thankful for this forum and the wealth of info & hope from all of you.

God Bless everyone fighting the good fight & their families!

Hugs, Candy

I had adenocarcinomas in 2007 I was sent for testing they found it was every where bone scan found it was in my ribs my lower back and my lower jaw. Because of this in 2008 I was told by my doctors I be dead by now.  but I survive though a combination of a very strict diet.  encapuated vitamin C.  and taking apricot pits. every day Im now in remishion now All the best Ray  

RE: Can a person survive adenocarcinomas?

by FranLazerov on Sun Dec 02, 2012 01:43 PM

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Would you share your diet, and what is encapuated vitaminC?  How do apricot pits help?  Congratulations on your survival.

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