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  • in reply to: 2 Yr Veteran of Whipple Surgery #18116
    isaac
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    I too had whipple surgery on Sept of 2006. The cancer spread to the liver where I had lesions, the largest being 1.3 centimeters. I took xeloda for almost a year. I have been off xeloda for 3 months and the lesions are not measurable and my tumor markers are stable. just came from the oncologist yesterday. good luck to everyone else with this nasty disease.

    in reply to: clincial trial/chemo options for my dad? #16014
    isaac
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    Zuzuby, I asked my doc what drug he would recommend when the xeloda stopped being effective and he said he would like to go with gemzar. it will be an adjustment being that gemzar is administered intravenously versus the xeloda, orally. if it works is what counts. i hope your Dad’s scan turns out well.

    Isaac

    in reply to: clincial trial/chemo options for my dad? #16012
    isaac
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    Jeff, In answer to your question, xeloda is the only drug that i have been on since my surgery. My oncologist said that he didn’t like to mix cancer drugs because you don’t know which is working for you. I guess I was lucky that this has worked. I am always thinking about when it will eventually quit working. My doctor says not to worry and enjoy what I have now. I hope you find a drug that will work for you.

    Isaac

    in reply to: clincial trial/chemo options for my dad? #16010
    isaac
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    Hello Zuzuby,

    I just want to briefly let you know of my experience. I am a 67 year old male that was diagnosed with cc last aug. 06. A whipple procedure was done and the surgeon told us that they got all the cancer they could see. He recommended follow-up chemo-therapy with radiation for insurance. a month later i went to a oncologist for treatment. a catscan found cancer had spread to liver. largest lesion was 1.3 cm. he put me on xeloda, since then. 8months later my largest lesion is less than .6 mm and my tumor markers have dropped from 485 to 53. I have not had any side effects to speak of. I know every one responds differently but these were my experiences. hope this helps and good luck.

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