Start chemo on Tuesday, which will be 6 weeks from the surgery.
Will be on Gemzar for 6 months, 3 weeks on, 4th week blood work...
Hoping the best for you! Sounds like you and your doctor did get it early, and you are pushing things in the right direction. Staying on top of this with urgency is essential as you know. Have they been monitoring any tumor markers so you get try to monitor your treatment's effectiveness? CA19-9 and CEA?
Yes, the oncologist did say that the CA 19-9 and CEA markers are showing a negligible level from the blood panel done 2 weeks before the chemo started.
CT scan from one week before shows no evidence of metastasis either.
Very, very fortunate, remaining cautiously optimistic.
Platelet count was half minimum normal and white cell count was just below normal range, so chemo regime was modified to 2 weeks of treatment and one week off. Have appointment for meeting with the oncologist tomorrow before infusion session.
Fatigue continues to be the worst side effect so far (besides the blood counts). Still have some residual soreness from the surgery.
Good luck with your appt, fingers crossed!
Blood counts were back in normal range yesterday, so it looks like the new schedule will work.
Had a talk with the oncologist. She continues to be hopeful for me and confirmed to me that she was happy with what she did not see in the CT scan.
10 weeks since the pylorus preserving Whipple procedure. Chemo session 4 of 18 in the morning.
Thanks, while I am weary (biggest side effect), I am back to work part time and am unbowed mentally and emotionally.
12 weeks out, chemo session 5 in the morning.
Hang in there, we're rooting for you here!
Found a good resource for support on FB, a Whipple procedure survivors' group. They have a subgroup just for caregivers, which my wife joined.
Had a CT scan a week ago Friday, results show no evidence of disease thus far. Looks like the surgery did well and the chemo is doing its jo.
That sounds good, Pip! Keep up the good fight!
Been awhile. Had my last chemo session last Tuesday, close out lab work tomorrow. Oncologist cut the regime short by 1 round as she says the 16 doses I've had thus far seem to have done the trick. CT scan on 2 December showed no recurrence (pancreatic body and tail look normal) and no metastasis, all other organs and my bones look good, no fluid buildups either. Tumor markers continue to be negligible. Only thing is a recurrence of the umbilical hernia that was fixed during the Whipple.
I was Stage 1B when diagnosed in the middle of May. Tumor was Stage 2B in the post Whipple pathology report (procedure done 2 June).
I have had relatively mild healing and chemo side effects.
My results are not typical, BUT are Possible. Never, ever give up.
Wonderful news! So glad you are doing well Pip. Yes, your results are not typical but so very glad that's what you are seeing. Keep up whatever it is you are doing! Have a great holiday.
Sounds like you are doing great, Pip! So very happy for you!
I am so glad for you. You have no idea how much I appreciate your posting this process.