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Results Of Gemzar Therapy For Pancreatic Cancer
My mom has pancreatic cancer that started spreading to liver. Her oncologist not sure if continuing (gemzar) chemo would benefit her. Any suggestions?
Probably not: Your question implied that she developed liver metastasis while on gemzar. If so, it is not llikely that continuing Gemzar alone will be helpful. She should speak with her oncologist about newer and more promising chemotherapy regimens such as adding nab-paclitaxel or trying folfirinox. Recent studies have shown encouraging results! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer of the pancreas are fast growing abnormal cells. These can be adenocarcinoma that can grow quickly, difficult to diagnose at an early stage & only sometimes can be removed with surgery. Endocrine cancers tend to be slower growing & may produce hormones & are surgically removed. Cystic cancers also may have better success with surgery. All of these can be difficult ...Read more
Multiple: Currently several molecular targeting agents are under investigation, including inhibitors of a signal transduction pathway ("hedgehog"), vaccine therapies (johns hopkins), interferon-based treatment (virginia mason regimen). Cyberknife radiation treatments are under investigation as well. Most patients with pancreatic cancer should be treated in the setting of a clinical trial if available. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Perhaps: Whenever one of my patients wants to use natural or alternative therapy for a problem. I always ask them to show me exactly what it is they are taking. Some things may help, some things may really do nothing at all, but some things may have bad side effect when combine with other medicines. Your doctor can cross check your alternative medicines with whatever they order. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thoughts? Could photodynamic thereapy(pdt) work for somone that is at stage four in pancreatic cancer?
No : Chemotherapyis the only option but results in advanced stage is poor. ...Read more
My father 62 was this week diagnostiqued with pancreatic cancer with stomach and liver metastazis, next weeek will recive chemo with gemzar?
At least a week: The results for pancreatic cancer can take a week or even longer. Most likely you had an ercp. You were sedated and they put a camera down you throat then did washings looking for cancer cells. The pathologist will look carefully and it may take time. Call your doctor to make sure the specimen is still pending. ...Read more
If you are referring: To a blood test (ca 19-9), it is no way to check for pancreas cancer. It may be a "send out" and take a week or 2, but high, low or normal you may or may not have pancreas cancer, and should ot have had this test. Symptoms(pain, belching, stool color and pattern change and signs (weight loss, pain, new diabetes, jaundice) should lead to imaging, endoscopy and biopsy, then ca-19-9 if positive. ...Read more
Yes or no: If it is common pancreatic cancer, she may be a candidate for possible cure by the brutal but sometimes lifesaving whipple procedure. If this is not possible, be sure her consent to any other treatment is well-informed. If it is not cancer, have a party. If it is an unusual cancer or odd benign tumor, have two pathologists sign and take it to tumor conference. Good luck to you both. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hi doctor i recently had mri with and without contrast and mrcp and the results cameback normal should i still worry about pancreatic cancer?
Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more
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