Embolic stroke

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Embolic stroke

by dhdebbie on Fri Jun 06, 2014 01:24 AM

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So we found out that hubby had an embolic stroke that was causing his confusion and loss of memory. Physically he is fine, but has an altered mental state. Has this happened to anyone while on chemo? He is on Gemzar and Abraxane. I am wondering if he will have a full recovery. This is making him very frustrated because he realizes that he cannot remember things. He even forgot that he had pancreatic cancer. Please let me hear from anyone that has or had a similar experience.

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by cb531 on Fri Jun 06, 2014 01:31 AM

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So Sorry Debbie mom is very forgetful but didn't have any strokes on same chemo 20 months now.

Best of luck

Cathy

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by Kjohnchas on Fri Jun 06, 2014 08:09 AM

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Debbie,I am so sorry this happened. Will he continue with chimo? I'm sure it is frustrating,but it is good he is good physically.chuck didn't have any stroke,but he would forget things often. Play for good results with chimo,know I'm thinking of you. Kathy

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by Kjohnchas on Fri Jun 06, 2014 08:09 AM

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Cathy,,,,your mom is one tough cookie

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by Carien on Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:07 AM

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Sorry to hear it Debbie,  I never heard of such a thing. Do they expect your husband to get his all his cognitive abilities back up to how he was before the stroke ? Carien

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by bushy on Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:03 AM

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Unfortunately Pancreatic cancer has one of the highest rates of causing clots ,due to a chemical happening in the blood,we must all be vigilant.

bushy

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by Carien on Fri Jun 06, 2014 05:49 PM

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oh sorry I missed the connection ... embolic stroke = due to clots.

In that case: I did have thrombosis while cancer was very active. Have been injecting myself with fraxoparine to prevent further blockages from May till November 2013. Then the drs dissagreed if I should continue to inject daily or not. So now I try to be very aware of the signs, and if I think I have a clot somewhere (usually around the Port a Cath) I inject a few days. Had an echo to check for thrombosis or clot just the other week, when I had a lot of pain in shoulder close to port-a-cath.
I find it is manageable well, with the injections. Only if you inject on a daily basis for more than 6 monhts, you get higher chances on osteoporosis, so esp because your husband is young, that is something to be aware of Debby.

I hope he fully recovers from the stroke !

Carien

 

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by annieosage on Fri Jun 06, 2014 06:22 PM

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Wow I'm sorry!  Mike has definite short term memory issues but nothing as bad as that.  I hope your husband has a full recovery from the stroke.

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by pinkliz on Wed Jun 11, 2014 08:02 PM

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On Jun 06, 2014 1:24 AM dhdebbie wrote:

So we found out that hubby had an embolic stroke that was causing his confusion and loss of memory. Physically he is fine, but has an altered mental state. Has this happened to anyone while on chemo? He is on Gemzar and Abraxane. I am wondering if he will have a full recovery. This is making him very frustrated because he realizes that he cannot remember things. He even forgot that he had pancreatic cancer. Please let me hear from anyone that has or had a similar experience.

Hi Debbie,

My husband also has had embolic strokes.  After his first chemo of gemzar and cisplatin, he became very disoriented...a few days later he lost his vision.  We discovered he had blood clots in his brain causing tiny strokes.  After 2 weeks his vision has returned (not to the same degree) but he can see.  He started round 2 of chemo today.  We first discovered his cancer 6 weeks ago due to leg pain, that turned into blood clots in legs because of the cancer.  It is so hard to see him suffer. 

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by freddiemac on Thu Jun 12, 2014 02:26 PM

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On Jun 06, 2014 1:31 AM cb531 wrote:

So Sorry Debbie mom is very forgetful but didn't have any strokes on same chemo 20 months now.

Best of luck

Cathy

Cathy, you mentioned your mom has been doing the chemo for 20 months, was she a stage 4? and had there beed any spread to any other organs?

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