• How long after a whipple, 6 months of chemotherapy and 5-1/2 weeks of radiation will it be before feeling good again.

    Asked by joyce on Saturday, February 25, 2012

    How long after a whipple, 6 months of chemotherapy and 5-1/2 weeks of radiation will it be before feeling good again.

    my husband had pancreatic cancer and had a whipple in November. He started chemo in January and will finish in June or July. In about a week he will also begin 5-1/2 weeks of radiation on top of that. He has his heart set on a late summer fishing trip to Canada. Is this realistic? So far he has had minimal side effects from the chemo.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • SunnyCloud's Avatar

      It depends on the person. I myself had 6 chemos, 30+ external radiation, & 8 internal radiation. I had only nausea from the chemo and it wasnt that bad either. I think it's the chemo that causes one to feel tired and weak. Anyhow, I finished chemo the 4th of Oct. Two weeks after I was done I started to feel pain in my back & buttocks. And instead of feeling better as time goes by, I feel more tired and weak. Exercise makes me hurt more and become tired quickly. Now I have tingling in my feet, legs, thighs, and sometimes hands. The pain is all over my body now. It hurts just to gently touch myself. But, I will says this, some days I feel better than others. Your husband could probably go fishing, but I would suggest to go with a buddy.

      over 5 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I agree with SunnyCloud. Do the fishing trip and bring a friend. He might not be able to fish long hours but there is nothing like a good break from the cancer to regroup and feel better.

      I had chemo/radiation combo in the fall and it took about 2-3 weeks after I finished radiation to feel better. Radiation is cumulative so even when you finish the actual treatments, it's still working.

      I have learned during this journey that I can't do the things I used to do with the same energy but it doesn't mean I can't do them at all. I have learned to embrace naps even when on vacation. If your husband has realistic expectations that he might not be able to do everything he used to, he should go and enjoy doing what he can!

      I finish up treatment in June and have a long bike trip planned for October. I have time to train but I also know if while I'm on my trip and I don't feel good, I will sag in the van for part of the trip and just be glad I am living and on vacation!

      over 5 years ago
    • joyce's Avatar

      Thanks so much for your responses. We are looking at possibilities for a fishing trip--it's what he lives for (along with seeing his granddaughter!). I am hoping we'll be able to pull it off. So far he has done so well with treatment that I hole it continues this way!

      over 5 years ago

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