May 31, 2016
May 14th made 1 year since I received the pancreatic cancer diagnosis. The tumor was Stage 1B (T2 NØ MØ) and I decided to have surgery as soon as possible. The tumor was well defined enough and had no involvement, so I needed no chemo or radiation before surgery.
On June 2nd last year, from initial cut to final staple, I underwent a pylorus preserving Whipple procedure. In the pathology report the tumor was Stage 2B (T3 NX MØ) with 4 of 29 lymph nodes and 1 nerve suspected a involved, no other spread.
From July 14th to December 22nd I underwent chemo therapy (2 weeks on - 1 week labs) with Zophran for nausea and Gemzar for anti-cancer effects.
Staples came out at 3 weeks, chemo started at 6 weeks and I was back to work part time at 9 weeks.
I am fortunate and can eat much the same as I did beforehand. I lost over 40 pounds and have regained 10.
Main lingering effects are tiredness, aches and mil constipation.
My results are not typical, but ARE possible.