Gemcitabine/Abraxane

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Gemcitabine/Abraxane

by Jess24lynn on Wed Jul 09, 2014 01:11 PM

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Folfirinox was not effective for my mom. Looking to hear from people with this same experience with folfirinox and to hear about success with the gemcitabine/abraxane regimen

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by meah1 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 03:51 PM

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My husbands tumor liked Folfirinox, it grew a little bit.  With Gemzar/Abraxine is shrunk a little bit.   Side effects with folfirinox was far more brutal than with G/A combo.

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by dhdebbie on Wed Jul 09, 2014 04:38 PM

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On Jul 09, 2014 1:11 PM Jess24lynn wrote:

Folfirinox was not effective for my mom. Looking to hear from people with this same experience with folfirinox and to hear about success with the gemcitabine/abraxane regimen

Folfirinox was not effective for my husband, either.  In fact, his tumor grew while on it and he developed liver lesions as well.  Very disappointing for both of us because he also suffered from that chemo and then because of it not working, they took the Whipple surgery off the table for him.  He is now on the gemzar/abraxane regimen.  He has had one cycle and will undergo another cycle (one a week for three weeks each cycle) before they do a PET scan and CT scan. He feels pretty good on this regimen.  However, he did have a minor stroke about a month after the first cycle.  They say it was not from the chemo, but who knows?  Let's hope we all get good news with the gemzar/abraxane.  Keep in touch.

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by murf99 on Thu Jul 10, 2014 08:10 AM

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My wife, Kathy, is a Stage IV pc patient using a therapy from Dr. Ben Chue in Seattle. He is very willing to work with your oncologist to have them administer the "Chue Protocol" for your loved one. Kathy is 58 and was diagnosed on Dec. 23, 2013. After testing (CT, needle biopsy & PET Scan, CA 19-9 = 23,052) she had one full dose of folfirinox at Kaiser in Calif. but they held out no hope for her. Hundreds of hours searching on the internet led to my discovery of Dr. Chue. We left Kaiser for a chance at survival with Dr. Chue, who's longest surviving Stage IV pc patient is 7.5 years after diagnosis and 5.5 years cancer free. Kathy arrived at Dr. Chue's with a CA 19-9 of 40,820 and after 15 weekly treatments (Gemzar & Paclitaxel) her CA 19-9 is  68. Another Stage IV patient there started with a CA 19-9 of 218,219 and after 21 months of treatment has a CA 19-9 of 53. Dr. Chue does not shy away from Stage IV patients. If you'd like more info please contact me at   murf_lef  at  firenza-llc  dot  com. I'd be glad to send you more info.  Murf 

P.S. Paclitaxel is the generic from which Abraxane is created.

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by Dabag1964 on Fri Feb 27, 2015 09:21 PM

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My partner is now on Gemcitabine/Abraxane after 4 failed Folfox. he had his second Gemcitabine/Abraxane yesterday, he is taking it well.

Can you tell me how your husband has fared w. Gemcitabine/Abraxane? Any info will be appreciated.

I know this PC is a painful process for everyone involved. I am taking it one day at a time.

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by cindycer on Wed Mar 04, 2015 08:03 AM

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Folfirinox was not effective to my husband. He did six rounds. Now he is on gemzar and abraxane. Two weeks on and one week off. The tolerance was better than folfirinox but he lost hair and had constipation. He is very weak. Next month a new ct scan will be done. I am scared but we must to be strong.

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by lynjohn on Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:08 PM

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My brother was diagnosed with pc with mets to liver in oct 2014.  He  began chemotherapy (gemcitabine and abraxane) the following week. (3weeks on, one week rest). Suffered various side effects I.e. hair loss, flu like symptoms,  a short period of blurred vision,  skin rash, numbness in some fingers and aching limbs. Became  depressed because of all these side effects,  but then came the 1st three month scan! 

His tumour had shrunk by 30% and mets reduced from 

1.3cm to 1.0cm !!!

After the 3 months of miserable side effects, he was asking "when can I start the next round of chemo"? ! "Tomorrow" was the reply. So here we go again with fingers crossed.

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