Pancreatic Cancer Treatments

Fostemj Member Posts: 4 Member
edited July 2023 in Pancreatic Cancer #1

I am a 75 year old woman and was diagnosed with PC in March, 2021, which is inoperable. For 2 years, I have taken Capecitabine and Temozolomide. My doctor recently stopped these medications just 2 days into my cycle. According to my doctor after she discussed this with a specialist in Boston, patients are usually on this chemo treatment for only 1 year. My tumor has grown slightly over the past several cat scans so my doctor was looking at changing my treatment anyway based on the growth of the tumor. She is suggesting Lutetium Lu-177 and I would need to go to Boston as it is not available here in Maine. It consists of 4 infusions over an 8-week period. My PET scan 2 years ago showed something that would make me eligible for this treatment. To make sure I am still eligible, I am having a new PET scan in a couple weeks. I am wondering if anyone knows of this treatment. The hardest thing I am dealing with is feeling I have no one to talk to. I have family but they are busy with their own lives.


  • donkruger
    donkruger Member Posts: 2 Member

    I don't know of the treatment, my father is only recently been diagnosed. I could offer another perspective though if you would like. From the perspective of a family member caring for my father, take the time to reach out to family. I have similar feelings like I have no one to talk to about it. I'm guessing your family feels similar. You and your family members would probably feel better after talking, about anything. I know that I feel better after I'm able to have a chat with my dad.

  • Fostemj
    Fostemj Member Posts: 4 Member

    I do appreciate your response. I hope your father is doing okay.

  • Daffodil65
    Daffodil65 Member Posts: 19 Member

    I am so sorry that you are going through this and are feeling alone. My husband is going through chemo for pancreatic adenocarcinoma but he isn't getting either of these treatments. He had folfirinox, then gemzar and abraxane, now he is on 5 FU... which is similar to folfirinox. I'm sorry I can't answer any questions about those treatments.

    If you are able to do video chats online, you might be able to connect with family and friends more often... or maybe pick up the phone to talk. Try to keep them up to date on your treatments but be sure to talk about other things, too... ask about their lives and try to invite them over when you are able to. I hope that they can make more time to visit.