Not good news

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Not good news

by Jess24lynn on Wed Dec 02, 2015 06:57 PM

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My mom had a scan on Monday. Her local oncologist wanted a new one before she starts GTX-C. The scan was not good; her lung mets have grown considerably in just a few short weeks. There is also a suspicious sub-centimeter spot on her liver. Her CA19-9 is also at an all time high of 1500. Her cancer seems to be getting increasingly aggressive. I am scared that the GTX-C combo won't be able get the cancer under control. I am terrified that this is the beginning of the end for my beloved mom. Luckily, her only symptoms right now are fatigue and a nagging cough. However, I am very aware that this can change in the blink of an eye. My mom has been fighting stage 4 PC for 21 months now. For a while, I thought she may end up being one of the lucky few to beat this awful disease. Now I am not so sure and it is devastating. Does anyone think getting control of the disease again is possible at this point? Or should I just come to the realization that my moms fight is nearly over?

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by nov94 on Wed Dec 02, 2015 08:16 PM

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Is there any chance she can get into another trial?

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by Jess24lynn on Wed Dec 02, 2015 08:20 PM

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Yes definately. But she needed to start chemo right away. Her oncologist and I will continue to look into trials

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by tootels on Wed Dec 02, 2015 09:25 PM

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I would still hold out hope Jess24lynn!  There are new drugs coming out in Jan. 2016 (I believe it's a chemo) and then there is also a drug called BMP31510 that is in clinical trials now that changes the metabolism of the cancer cell so that the cells divide and die like a normal cell would.  In the article I read, it stated that the hope is that they will turn pancreatic cancer into a "treatable chronic disease" rather than a death sentence.  I'm praying that the trial continues to be successful and that the drug will be available to patients in the near future.  My husband also has Stage 4 pan can and I can't imagine my life without him! 

I'm praying for you and your family.  Please try to stay strong, new treatments are on the horizon!

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