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Alternative treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer

charlieb121
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Joined: Dec 2006

My Dad has advanced PC. We have been on trials at Johns Hopkins. We just found out that the last one is not working. It is time to look at alternative treatments..does anyone have any reccomendations?

CIS_Admin
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Joined: Sep 2004

Hello,

I encourage you to contact the American Cancer Society's Clinical Trial Matching and Referral service. There may be additional trials that have come available. They can be reached at 1-800-303-5691 or use the following link http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_6_1X_Clinical_Trials_Matching_Service.asp.

I wish you and your father the best.

Take care and be well,

Dana
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Wigged Out
Posts: 1
Joined: May 2016

I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer stage 4 about 6 months ago.  It was discovered accidentally during a routine physical because I never had any symptoms other than 8 pound weight loss without trying (I thought this was a good thing!)   I was so frightened by my oncologist who painted a very bleak picture for me.  Gave me 6 months to live without treatment, possibly 2 years with chemo.  Surgery not an option.  So I started chemo within a few days of diagnosis while I was still in shock.  Since then I have done a ton of research on alternative treatments.  Two really good books that have influenced my decision to combine traditional and alternative therapies:   "Radical Remission" by Turner and "Taking Control: My Journey of Alternative Healing" by Sade.  There are so many resources now for exploration of alternative and/or complimentary therapies.  I am at a point where I feel I have some control as well.  Today I have reduced chemo and have made dietary and lifestyle changes that research shows effective.  When you are diagnosed with cancer, you panic and this panic makes you very vulnerable to doing "whatever the oncologist says," but take a little time to become informed.  And don't question your gut instinct - if something doesn't 'sit right' with you, ask questions (and get answers), educate yourself.  

 

00best_friend28
Posts: 1
Joined: May 2016

 

Hi Wigged,

My Best friend was diagnosed with stage IV PC two weeks ago. She had various degrees of abdominal discomfort and pain for several months that just kept getting worse. The episodes and "attacks" seemed to follow meals so her MD felt they were common GI symptoms and failed to take her pain seriously at first.

 

 Finally after confronting her Dr. with the increasingly persistant pain symptoms, xrays, mri's, cat scans and PT scans were ordered. Then an endoscopic procedure with biopsy showed a 2.3 cm mass in the pancreas with other spots on the liver.

 

She is now under the care of Kaiser Oncology Dept. in Sacramento, CA.  Chemo begins next Friday.

 

I will share your reading suggestions with her and hope to share chemo experiences with you in the future.

 

Thanks for the advice and best wishes for your good health.

 

 

 

 

 

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