chargerdeb's Journey with Ampullary Cancer

Spouse/Partner: Pancreatic Cancer > Exocrine Tumor > Ampullary Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Male, Age: 77, Stage III

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Went in for what was thought to be a gallstone blocking the liver, only to find out it was an Ampuallary tumor. My husband had the Whipple procedure done & is now waiting to recover only to start chemo

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Whipple is a very difficult surgery to recover from. It almost gives you time to forget about the cancer

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Well chemo started this week for my husband. He breezed through the first treatment, I was exhausted!! By Friday he was getting more tired, but has done better than I expected. I hope this is a sign of things to come.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Side Effects

    My husband is handleing the chemo much better than expected. We have to find areas in life to celebrate now.

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It seems that my husbands chemo days are harder on me than him. We get home & he is hungry & I am exhausted!

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The radiation started with no problems, but as time went on it started takings its toll. Plus he went on an oral chemo when he started radiation. Compared to the side effects others have had, I think Jacks were minimal. But there were side effects. Extreme fatigue & loss of taste were the 2 biggest issues.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  7. 7
    about 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    2 months ago my husband had his first CT scan after finishing radiation & chemo, it came back clear. yesterday they did a PET scan & it is back. Our surgeon got tears in her eyes when she told us. I am thinking that is not a very good sign.

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  8. 8
    about 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    2 months ago my husband had a clear CT scan. Last week a PET came back with a lymph node back in the original spot....The only option right now is RFA treatments. But they are very new to pancreatic cancer, and his is surrounded by multiple blood vessels. Not looking good right now.

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  9. 9
    over 3 years ago
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    Loss

    After battling Ampullary cancer for 14 months my husband Jack lost his battle. This is a terrible disease.

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