Jan 16, 2010 - 9:24 am
My husband was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer last month. We went in with what we thought was food poisoning and came out with this Cancer.
So we cam out, not clear, depressed, very confused and wondering what to do.
Tyhe surgeon and oncologist have told us that the plan is to shrink the tumour a little to make it operable and then to remove it.
We are undergoing a five week course of daily radiotherapy and once per week chemo (Gemzar).
I would like to know if anyone else has gone through this and any tips and advice.
If so, how long before you had the operation before chemo/radio treatment ended? Does the surgeon wait long for the swelling to go down?
I am asking because I am nervous and want to know if there is a risk of spread after the treament or if we could have an option to carry on with chemo up until the operation?
Are PET scans accurate in showing how far the tumour has shrunk? How can they tell what the swelling is and can they tell if the cancer cells have been destroyed from the chemo/radiotherapy?