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jimnsherry
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Joined: Jun 2005

Hello, I am wondering if there is a place to find out the longest surviving Pancreatic Cancer survivor. I am doing great myself since 1/2005 Whipple. I thank God for my blessing. I am looking forward to getting through five years, only 3 1/2 years to go, so I was wondering if anyone has contact or knows any Pancreatic Cancer survivors of 5 years or more, it would be nice. THANKS

Bro2
Posts: 3
Joined: Nov 2010

Hi Richard,

I hope you are feeling well, and getting better each day. My brother started his 2nd cycle of chemo at Hillman yesterday. Each cycle is 3 weeks. After the 1st cycle, his pain has been reduced significantly, and he has gained 4 pounds. Hopefully, this is as sign that his tumor is shrinking. He will have a CATscan after this 2nd cycle to see if it is working. His attitude is amazing, and he has been doing all of the right things needed for recovery.

I will pray for you, as I do all those that are going through the emotional and physical effects of cancer.

Take care and God Bless,
Bro2

destinie35
Posts: 1
Joined: Dec 2010

Hi everyone. I am replying to this post since it was relatively recent. I am trying to find out about long term complications of the whipple. My mom had hers in 2000 and is doing good, considering. She became diabetic but manages to control that. In the last year she has been having problems with her stomach emptying the food out. She has gastroparesis and was on Reglin for a while, but it caused her to have severe tremors, so they stopped that. She is now on Domperidone which is a non-FDA approved drug from Canada. The anastomotic site where they reconnected her jejunum to her stomach was narrowing and she has had 3 procedures to stretch it. She now has edema around the area and so the food still isn't moving like it should and the doctors are scratching their heads. Shwe has a lot of pain and what she describes as "twisting" in the top of her stomach that the doctors have said is a combination of her stomach not pushing the food out like it should and the narrowing not allowing the food to pass like it shouold. I am trying to figure out if there are any 10 year plus survivors out there and if they have any of these or similar complications. I just don't know where else to turn bc this cancer is so bad that there aren't alot of blessed and fortunate survivors like my mom and you all. Any advice, help, words of wisdom would be much appreciated. thanks, Julie

saskgirl2
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Joined: Dec 2010

Thank goodness I found this site. I needed hope that all is not lost. I just underwent the whipple on Nov 29. Survived a12 hour surgery and managed to be in the hospital for only 9 days. The pathlogy report came back indicating stage 2 with a tumor greater the 2cm in distance in the head with it invading the ampullar of vadar and the duodenum. 11 lymph nodes were taken out with 7 showing andenocarcinoma in them. They are now planning on chemo and radiation in the new year. They gave me a prognosis of 1 to 2 years, but i will show them all. I am stubborn and wont take this laying down. I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter that needs me. The only thing that is bothering me 4 weeks post surgery is the lack of energy i have.Will it ever get better? The doc said the surgery went beautifully. Still i am scared of whats to come but you all give me hope. If anyone can provide me with encouragment please email me at : leskosky@sasktel.net

muser22
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Joined: Nov 2010

My husband had his whipple surgery in August and still does not have the energy he had before. I have read it may take a year or more to return...for some it just never does. He was VERY weak after surgery and had some complications~~infection, c-diff, fistula~~ but is now eating well and feels much better than he did. Take it slow..it all takes time. There is another site you may want to check out..It is the John Hopkins site. There are wonderful people there also who are willing to share their experiences and answer questions. The link is: http://pathology.jhu.edu/n.web?EP=N&FL=PANCREAS_CHAT

Good luck to you!

Oneshot
Posts: 62
Joined: Jul 2009

Muser22,

I'm glad to hear your husband is eating and feeling better! Hope his other complications have cleared up also.

Here's wishing you and your family and everyone else on this site a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Take Care and GOD BLESS!

Oneshot

gus111z
Posts: 11
Joined: Jan 2011

Hi saskgirl2

I've had the Whipple's only 1 week after you had it. Stage 2 (R0, M0, N0)...felling good generally but I do get tired throughout the day. Lots of resting and good diet seems to be working fine. The adjuvant therapy will be gemcitabine+pawpaw (6 months)...Will keep a record of the progress on this site. Good luck!

bcs1952
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Joined: Dec 2004

Hi. I had Whipple surgery a little over eight years ago. Life now is mostly good, and as close to normal as it can be after this diagnosis and surgery. Although I am not having the problem your Mom is having, I wanted to post to let you know there are a few of us out here. I became diabetic after surgery also, and have been able to handle it with diet and exercise. I take pancreatic enzymes (Creon) with meals and snacks.

About three years after surgery, I noticed I often would feel uncomfortably full after eating dinner, and that it seemed the food "stuck around" much longer than it should. Dinner is our largest meal of the day, although I eat what is considered a normal, healthy low fat meal. For example, I stick with meat/fish portions for 3-4 oz. max. I found that having a small glass of wine with dinner helped. Somewhere there is an explanation for this, it relaxes something in your stomach and allows food to pass through more easily. Sometimes this is not a good thing especially if a person has trouble with dumping syndrome. I don't, so it actually helps me. I don't have wine every day. I notice the difference in my stomach emptying when I don't. I know some people have other problems with alcohol or avoid it for reasons of faith. I also don't know that it would be helpful for your mom if her problem is related to scar tissue. I am very hesitant to offer anything close to advice because we are all so different. Thought I would share my experience and I hope it is not offensive to you. (I got my doctor's approval before adding wine to my diet.)

I hope your Mom can find something to help.

kachako
Posts: 1
Joined: Dec 2010

Hello.
First, let me tell you, this is the very first time I write about my case ever.I'm a pancreatic cancer survivor since April 2002 when they performed the Whiple and subsecuently, went for quimo and radiation treatment. I'm 48 years old and obviously a very lucky guy. The reason I never share my ordeal with most people, is that I am not and never been a religious person, and in this difficult situations, people may feel ofended when I leave god out of the ecuation. I believe that I'm survived cancer so far, thanks to several facts like timing after the first symtoms appear, great effort of by a medical team, age, protocols of quimo and radiation after the Whiple, etc.
Good luck to you and if you have any questions or more details about my experience, I will be happy to share them with you.

wypeace
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Joined: Mar 2011

my mother had surgery in 1975 and is still living!

MomofaMarine
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Joined: Apr 2011

I was diagnosed in 2003 with tumor in the tail section of my pancreas. Luckily they were able to perform surgery short of an entire Whipple. They got the tail, spleen and lymph nodes and after a few short months I was back to raising my family and chasing more dreams, feeling like the luckiest person in the world.

Fast forward to the past month, now 50, I saw the doctor for what I thought were menopausal symptoms (serious night sweats). He found blood in urine and elevated MCV's, then sends me on what felt like a medical pyramid scheme from one specialist to another. I kept thinking........after all this time, it can't possibly be happening again.

Last Tuesday, I learned that there is a 3cm solid mass in my right kidney. Now I am waiting to determine if the next step will be cryo or total removal of the kidney. In any case.....it's another early catch.

Once again, I will stand and fight. I raised a US Marine. His strength was inherited from his mother.

2466jasper
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Joined: Jul 2012

I just came upon this site and stumbled upon your entry. I, too, was diagnosed with a tumor at the base of the tail of my pancreas. I had my spleen removed and lymph nodes removed. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Neuroendocrine Pancreatic Cancer. This was 7 months ago. I am looking for others with the same disease so I can chat about what to expect. I became a diabetic (insulin) as well as a result of this disease. I want to embrace life but seem to be on pins and needles waiting for the "bomb" to drop and the doctors to tell me that the cancer has spread. I have my octreotide scan next month. Before the mass in your kidney was discovered, were you receiving regular check ups since 2003?

babypod
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Joined: Jun 2011

My Grandmother was told several years ago that she was the longest living pancreatic cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in Jan. 1989 and under went the whipple procedure. She passed away April 11, 2011 of sepsis caused by an untreated UTI - something totally unrelated to her cancer. Cancer never re-occured. She did have nutrition issues for the remainder of her life because of the surgery - but she lived an additional 22 years.

chrisxman
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Joined: Jan 2008

Hi there, I'm a survivor of Pancreatic cancer and the Whipple. Diagnosed in January 2002, whipple done later that same month. I was released from the Oncology clinic in 2008 and will have my 81st birthday on the 29th of this month. . .
My surgery and treatment was done at the Loma Linda VA Hospital, Loma Linda CA. Not sure why I was picked to be a survivor, but I worked hard getting here and am grateful for the opportunity of sticking around for a while longer. . . Nine years and counting and big party next January with ten candles on the cake. . Chris. . .

vricord
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Joined: Jun 2011

My mother is a pancreatic cancer survivor of 16 years. She is literally a walking miracle. When I was 16 years old in 1996,my mom, Susie Davidson went in for a whipple procedure. That next year was one of the hardest years of our lives. She is still dealing with issues because of the cancer but has been cancer free for 16 years. Amazing!

chrisxman
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Joined: Jan 2008

I was diagnosed during the first part of January 2002, Had the Whipple on Jan 30 2002. fast forward through five years; released from Oncology during Jamuary 2008.

I'm still here, even though I also had COPD which gave the surgeon fits and I was told to expect a "couple" years. I'm still here looking forward to my 81st birthday next week and the ten year mark next January. I give credit to my surgeon and all the Oncology docters and staff and my GP doctor who is the "gate keeper". I am a VA Patient and was treated at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda California. An amazing place. .
My best, Chris. . .

chrisxman
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Joined: Jan 2008

I was diagnosed during the first part of January 2002, Had the Whipple on Jan 30 2002. fast forward through five years; released from Oncology during Jamuary 2008.

I'm still here, even though I also had COPD which gave the surgeon fits and I was told to expect a "couple" years. I'm still here looking forward to my 81st birthday next week and the ten year mark next January. I give credit to my surgeon and all the Oncology docters and staff and my GP doctor who is the "gate keeper". I am a VA Patient and was treated at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda California. An amazing place. .
My best, Chris. . .

SF_2_EP
Posts: 3
Joined: Jun 2011

In May of 2010 I had surgery (whipple) for stage two pancreatic cancer a tumor had been discovered on the neck of my pancreas along with a large mass on my liver.When I went back to see the doctor that performed the surgery to have the staples removed from my abdomine he told me to seek an onocologist and to continue further follow ups with CT scans every three months because he said that there was a 30% chance that the cancer was going to come back.
Since then, I retired from my job under medical disability after working nearly 30 years and moved back to my home state to be close with family.One year has gone by but I live in that stage of fear and depression, I still get symtoms at times like sharp pains inside my abdomine some night sweats and alot of fatique just like those that I would get prior to the discovery of my pancreatic cancer and surgery, I get tired pretty fast and sleepy.
I have tried to go for walks and do a little excersize but that only tires me more and I go to sleep.
My onocologist says that my cancer is in remission and that those symtoms I get are probably due in part of the surgery, I have only had one CT scan in early Febuary so God only knows whats going on.I am also fighting Social Security for disability benefits because it is the only way I can continue to have my insurance cover me since I was a federal employee. I worry alot because I had a freind who was diagnose with a tumor wraped around his kidneys exactly they same time as my tumor was discovered only his cancer was more advanced he also applied for social security disability benefits and recieved his first check 18 days before he died.So I have this death sentence hanging over my head along with judgement pending from social security, all this leads me to is more depression and it makes me paranoid.
It's nice to see that there are actually some survivors, very very few rare survivors of pancreatic cancer for most people with pancreatic cancer dont discover they have it till it's to late and thats why they call it the silent killer.
As oppose to all the other cancers out there where people are getting treatment and cured and in some cases their survival rates are increasing, pancreatic cancer is treated more like the disease of doom and hardly there is not much research funding being provided, the incidence and death rates are on the rise.I feel that people with this dreaded disease should be treated with respect and that the Social Security Administration along with their doctors and their rules should come before a congressional investigation.I really doubt that pancreatic cancer patients rarely ever go to social security for disability claims because most are dead within the first year of their diagnoses.

Barbara1227
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Joined: Dec 2011

I was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in September 2011. I had a neuroendocrine tumor, which only occurs in about 5% of pancreatic cancer patients. I had a Whipple procedure in November, done by a top-notch oncologic surgeon. I did have complications, including a twisted bowel that wasn't letting anything through. It caused me to throw up liters of stomach fluids and bile for five days, until I was given a nasogastral tube. My surgeon did a second operation to correct the complications two weeks after the original surgery, which took care of the problem. I was in the hospital for three weeks. Because the tumor was Stage 1 I didn't have to have chemo or radiation, but will be followed by an oncologist. The outlook for this type of tumor if it is found early is very good, so I'm not worried except for that little nagging feeling in the back of my mind, which causes me to be vigilant. I've lost a lot of weight in the six weeks following surgery, and it is not very easy to eat yet. I'm glad to meet a fellow Whipple patient and I will continue to keep in touch.

Oneshot
Posts: 62
Joined: Jul 2009

Barbara,

I hope they have hooked you up with a dietitian. Mine actually gave me a free cookbook. It had numerous ideas on food for people who have had or have pancreatic,stomach or intestinal type of cancers. I found this cookbook and my dietitian to be a great help.

I had lost from 170lbs. down to 110 in a month. I had stage 3 PC. Had the Whipple done in 2008. I was unable to eat and had a feeding tube (J-tube) put in for sometime before surgery. I know how maddening it can be. Wanting to eat and not being able to! Now days I can eat most anything I like.

These are some of the things I tried and had luck with before surgery in order to keep some sort of intake by mouth. Muscle Milk, Boost ( There is another brand. I just cant recall right at this moment,but, it didn't work for me.) and watered down Liquid Jell-o.
After the Whipple I was told to eat as much guacamole as possible. It adds weight pretty fast. Everything was in small portions as often as I felt like and could tolerate. I had chemo after the Whipple so eating and keeping it down was an ordeal for some time. Once I finished chemo though...I started eating most anything that didn't try to eat me first! I am one of the fortunate ones who only have to take a few enzymes with each meal. Some folks have to take several. Whatever you do just don't eat to much at one time when you do get your appetite back. It can, in my case, hurt like just waking up after the Whipple. I hope you are luckier! But trial and error will sort out what you can and cannot eat also how much. Each person I have met who has had PC seems to go through this process.

GOD'S SPEED in your recovery,

Oneshot

Spookman
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Joined: Aug 2011

Hi everyone,

My 63-year-old mother was recently diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer in the tail of the pancreas (apparently that's a 'good' location) and I think the lymph nodes. She can't have surgery but has been placed in a clinical trial in which she will receive either Gemcitabine (Gemzar) on its own or in conjunction with ABI-007 (Abraxane), depending on which group she is randomly assigned to.

Most of the success stories I'm reading follow the Whipple procedure so I'm hoping for news of people who have beaten this devil without it. Mum is otherwise fit and healthy and has an amazingly positive attitude that she will beat it but I know the stats aren't good.

Her doctors (we're in Australia) say the trial has shown good results, but what they think is good and what I do are probably far removed. I don't want my mum to live for eight months instead of six, I want her to live another 20 years or more! So if anyone can help give me hope, don't be shy!

Having never been affected by anything like this before it has really hit hard, especially as Mum is the heart of our large family. To everyone out there fighting this or with loved ones who are, my heart goes out to you.

As Winston Churchill said, "Never give up. Never give up. Never give up". I know my mum won't.

Spookman.

Nanc58
Posts: 1
Joined: Sep 2011

Hi Spookman-

After many scans and blood work, I was diagnosed with metastatic carcinoids in the tail of my pancreas, 3 in my liver, and several large lymph nodes. The surgery will take place at UV of Madison Wisconsin hospital. My surgeon stated that she will remove the tail of my pancreas, my spleen and surrounding invaded lymph nodes. The surgeon will then resection part of my liver where one of the 3 carinoids where found, the remaining carcinoids are located in the middle of my liver where she will either determine to burn or freeze them. I am currently giving myself 3 injections a day of octreocide. Please keep us posted on her progress, and my thoughts and prayers to all who are afflicted with this rare disease.

I am a very positive person and I will fight this with smiley faces painted on the nails of my big toes. With your mum's positive attitude and a son like you to help her, she will make it another 20 years. I will keep you posted on my progress.

I will never give up ...

Nancy

Spookman
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Joined: Aug 2011

Thanks Nancy,

My mum has now had four weekly sessions of chemo. So far so good I guess. She has another four before they give her a break - I'm not sure how long the break will be. The chemo really knocked her around the first couple of weeks and it still does but she's coping with it better. Last week she said she felt the best (most energy, greatest appetite) she had since diagnosis so that's got to be good. She has put back on a bit of the weight she'd lost and we're continuing to try to fatten her up.

I have looked up all I can re: alternative therapies and supplements, which caused 'consternation' when Dad presented the trial leader with a list! They don't want you to take anything that boosts the immune system while on chemo but I will be loading her up on them as soon as we get the ok.

All the best with your treatment.

Spookman.

indiagirl
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Joined: Sep 2011

hi

my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 2 months back...on july 11 th to be precise...it is stage 4...the tumour is in the body and tail of the pancreas (7*5cm)....so he never showed jaundiced..the only symptom was slight pain and discomfort in the abdomen...at the time of prognosis the cancer had metastatised to the liver..there were multiple target lesions on the liver...we were told that nothing could be done...the doctor gave us max six months..

we nevertheless started with the treatment...he was being given gemcitabine and cisplatin...my dad was in good health at the tym of the diagnosis..

we sought for other alternative treatments..we found an ayurvedic medicine centre in ahmedabad...we started with both the treatments simultaneously..

after 3 cycles of chemotherapy the doc asked my dad to undergo a scan...the scan revealed that the lesions from my dad's liver are almost gone and the tumour in the pancreas has shrunk to(5*2.5cm)...thats more than 50%...the doctors were very surprised...my dad continues to be in good health owing to following a good diet and all those herbal medicines...his haemoglobin has never gone below 11....we are hopeful that he will make a full recovery...

indiagirl

Beverly Holder
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Joined: Sep 2011

U are so very lucky. I just lost my dad who was my best friend to this one month ago yesterday. Please treasure what u have been given as a second chance. u are so very blessed, i would give my life to have dad back again. xx

Beverly Holder
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Joined: Sep 2011

U are so very lucky. I just lost my dad who was my best friend to this one month ago yesterday. Please treasure what u have been given as a second chance. u are so very blessed, i would give my life to have dad back again. xx

suhailsrs
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Joined: Jun 2012

hi there, i'm from India , could ypu please elaborate on the alternative medicines.
My dad underwent whipples in 2010 and for two years he was cancer free.However on the latest scan there are evidences of a recurrence.Surgery cant be done and at the moment the only remedy is chemo-readiation.
Any information would be most helpful. Thanks

PeterP
Posts: 2
Joined: Nov 2011

There is hope. I was diagnosed with a Pancreatic adenocarcinoma in Jan 2007 (yes, 5 years in another month). My tumor is located in the head of the pancreas and is inoperative as it surrounds the superior mesenteric artery. Hense, Whipple surgery was not an option. I also live in Australia and aged 63. I continue to have chemo but the good news is I enjoy very good health. As I do not know any detail of your mother's circumstances, I am reluctant to offer any advice at this stage however I am willing to share my experiences with you should you be interested. I don't need to remind you of the dire prognosis of this disease but there are some success stories even among those that cannot have surgery. In the initial stages of treatment I suggest you resist the temptation of alternative medicines or herbal "boosts" to the immune system - you should first see how the body naturally reacts to the Gemcitabine without artificial interference.

Regards,

Peter

cbirger
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Joined: Nov 2011

Awesome, Peter! So happy to read you are surviving. My husband, diagnosed 6/11 with non-resectable because tumor wrapped around artery, going for 10th round of Fulfirinox treatment tomorrow. Overall, pretty good health except being VERY tired. Did you do radiation? And what type of chemo did you get?

PeterP
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Hi cbirger. My treatment started with 6 chemo (Gemcitabine as single agent) sessions over 2 month period (Mar - Apr '07). This was followed with 25 radiotherapy sessions concurrent with continuous Fluorouracil infusion over 5 weeks (May - June '07). Since then I have had 4 further chemo (Gemcitabine) treatments of either 4 or 5 cycles. My quality of life is very good. I understand that Fulfirinox is usually only used as a first-line option for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. If this is the case, Fulfirinox has a proven survival advantage over Gemcitabine but has greater toxicity.

CaseyT
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Joined: Jul 2012

Hi PeterP. Was glad to read about your case as it had given those with inoperable pancreatic cancer hope. Were you on any special diet during your treatment? Best Wishees.

CaseyT

cobolt
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Joined: Dec 2011

Hi Peter
Thanks for sharing all this information. My dad has just been diagnosed and you give me some hope.

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Bill-K
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I was told by the folks at PANCAN that there is a guy in TX that has been hanging in there for 10 years now and I have his info as a support contact. I pray that I can make it half that far! I am at 8 months now and I must say that I am not doing too bad.

All of my best to all of you!!!

Bill K.

Jotamaya
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Joined: Oct 2011

Hello. I had my Whipple in April 2002. I was 40 years old by then. After surgery, I went through an aggresive protocol of chimotherapy and radiation. Right now, I'm doing just fine. I'm sure that you're going to reach your goal and beat this thing forever. Be positive and enjoy life as much as you can. Not because your battle with cancer, but because that's what everybody should do. - sometimes I over do it :)) -
I wish the best for you and good luck.

po18guy
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Joined: Nov 2011

Here is a link to the (sadly) obit of a former co-worker. He retired in 1982 after being diagnosed with PC. He beat it by, among other things, making himself eat his standard diet during and after treatment. Amazingly, he went on to have three additional cancers (bone, colon and liver)! It was the liver cancer that finally defeated him (age 77) at the end of this past July. So, even fighting the other cancers, he lived 29 years after his Dx with PC.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?n=verney-w-fitzgerald&pid=152900376

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lizzydavis
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Pancreatic Cancer Survivors - Sure would be nice if they had us separated into a Pancreatic Group so that we could focus on our issues.

I was diagnosed in Nov. 2011 with Stage 4 and would like to hear from any of you out there in the same boat.

Lizzy

ELDOMAR2936
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Good luck to all!

Aussie Di
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Joined: Feb 2012

Yes, quite agree, Lizzy. Don't understand why it's not in the list of survivor cancers. All the best!

missingdad
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Joined: Feb 2012

My dad had pancreatic cancer and survived 20 years after having the Whipple procedure. Be encouraged :)

Aussie Di
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Wow, missingdad!

Aussie Di
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Joined: Feb 2012

Hi, all. Just found and joined this site. I'm an Australian woman of 59 and a survivor of 16 years. Diagnosis: somatostatinoma of the head of the pancreas. I had a Whipple (at The Alfred in Melbourne) and 4 weeks later (after nothing by mouth), some parenteral nutrition directly injected into the aorta. I never understood how malnutrition couldn't be prevented after such trauma to the body, which desperately needs to heal, but never mind...

I've never met any other survivors at all throughout that time, though obviously you're out there! Glad to read of the survival of many.

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Hanco1
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I had a Whipple when I was 26 years old at Stanford I'm now 58 years old and doing fine! Dr. O said I was probably the oldest! Dan P.S. I thank GOD for my health always!

mellymel000
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Joined: Apr 2012

My father is a survivor of pancreatic cancer. He had the whipple surgery in 98. it's been a hard road for him.. However, right now he is living in Vegas and is very active. im not sure how long the longest person has survived but in dec of this yr will be 14 yrs for my father. good luck to you.

spetebx
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Joined: Jun 2012

My father has a suspicious growth in his pancreas. It seems that we are waiting for a diagnosis most likely. Seeing these testmonials, gives me hope, and we are keeping faith. God bless you all!

Brucey1
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Joined: Jun 2012

Hi,
I had a whipple to remove a tumour (pseudopapillary)on the 21st Oct 1999. I have had no reoccurances since and I'm fit and healthy today.
The only issue after being free of it was dealing with the emotional turmoil of having had it, which I think many people don't realise that some cancer survivors struggle with for quite a few years after.

marineth.miranda
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Joined: Jul 2012

my wife just had whipple procedure recently and on recovery right now. we were advised that she will be having chemotherapy maybe immediately after full recovery. help us pray for her and good thing that i had read lot of survival stories on pancreatic cancer, i love my wife and wish that she could still be with us. help me pray for her, thanks a lot.

Oneshot
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Joined: Jul 2009

I pray that your wife makes a speedy and full recovery! As well as give your family comfort and strength in this trying time.

Oneshot

marineth.miranda
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thanks for the prayer, she had actually had her 2nd chemo session just the other day, the doctors were amazed on her progress, they even had a photo of her to show the surgeon, Dr. La Madrid, on how my wife is progressing, prayers do a lot of things and i do now believe in miracles, hopefully, she would maintain her progress and although financially it's hard, at least she is doing great, thanks again for your prayers

Myroslava
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Joined: Sep 2012

My prayers for your wife recovery. May i ask what kind of chemo therapy your wife is having? I am sorry for my English, but i am an Ukrainian and live in Ukraine at this moment. My mom has a Pancreatic Cancer and she had her Whipple in April 10 2012, now she is going through second round of Chemo. Here in Ukraine they did for her first chemo Gemcitabine with Xeloda (3 weeks), but the side effects was to bad for her, so... for second round of chemo she has only Gemcitabine (4 weeks). I was so happy to find this blog, because ,after all this Chemotherapy Side Effects, my mom start to give up and ask me all this questions about survivors and i didn't know what to say untill i did not find this site!!! I want to thank everybody, who finds time to write here. I am very sorry because my mom dont speak English, but i will translate for here all this life stories. If somebody would like to share with me an chemo expirience it will be a HUGE help for me.
Thank's to everyone
God bless you all!

marineth.miranda
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Joined: Jul 2012

dacarbazine is what my wife is using for her chemotherapy, my wife is only 31 in age and maybe a factor on how her body is reacting on the medication. we are even amazed that until her 2nd seesion, she is not showing any violent side effects. today is her 3rd session and hopefully she will continue her progress. the tumor that was removed to her is actually 11cm in size and even now, the doctors are amazed on her progress because tumor size is also a factor in survival issues. just pray hard, very hard coz it helps a lot, and i do myself believe on that. vegetarian diet i believe is a factor too. ill keep u posted. wish for your mom to be good and strong.

marineth.miranda
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dacarbazine is what my wife is using for her chemotherapy, my wife is only 31 in age and maybe a factor on how her body is reacting on the medication. we are even amazed that until her 2nd seesion, she is not showing any violent side effects. today is her 3rd session and hopefully she will continue her progress. the tumor that was removed to her is actually 11cm in size and even now, the doctors are amazed on her progress because tumor size is also a factor in survival issues. just pray hard, very hard coz it helps a lot, and i do myself believe on that. vegetarian diet i believe is a factor too. ill keep u posted. wish for your mom to be good and strong.

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