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    Radiation (External radiation ): On my 2nd week of radiation treatment with 6 days on & one day off. Having a lot of nausea and switching meds to try and get control of it at this time. I seem to do better if I stay laying down and move very slowly when I do get up and walk around. I am just taking it one day at a time trying to get through the day. I find it hard to eat or drink as I am afraid of how my insides will handle it. Even though I have a supportive family I still have a lot of emotions I am going through that changes from one minute to the next. Dying doesn't seem to bother me as much as what the people who I love are going though and how it impacts their lives. I keep hearing everyone having operations first then chemo and radiation as I am having the reverse done and makes me wonder if the doctors are telling me everything. The doctors won't even tell me what stage I am at, they are very coy about it and seem to point me to thinking I am at a level below stage 1 but I am starting to have my doubts the more I read about others with different stages of pancreatic cancer if I am getting the whole story.

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      Beeps

      Just wondering if you have an update to share! Hope all the treatment were successful!

      over 3 years ago
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    Side Effects (Weight loss): I seem to be loosing 5lbs. a week I started at 345lbs and now I am at 250lbs. Food is a constant battle for me as I am not hungry and I have to force myself to eat every bite, although I have no problem drinking at this stage. At this point if something smells good that is what I am going to try and eat as much as I can of it. One heck of as way to cut down on food bill..........lol.......I am having to go buy smaller pants & belts now as the ones I have are falling off all the time and I have used up my suspenders.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I have found out so far that I feel better for 2 days after chemo treatment then feel bad for the next couple days and even out till the next weeks treatment. I have been having night sweats at times with having to wash the bedding from sweating so much. I have to push myself to eat and drink since this all came about at diagnosis time which also is the time I first went to the emergency room with severe pain. I have lost my taste buds that makes it even harder to find what I like or don't like to eat which is probably why I find it hard to eat, sometimes it's just my stomach doesn't feel like having anything in it. Ice cream does seem to smooth out the small stomach feelings though.

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      YQM

      My husband had the same trouble. Are you doing Flournix chemo? His 1st tx just a little issue, 2nd a little worse and 3rd so bad was admitted. He lost 50 lbs because everything tasted like cardboard. He only enjoyed dairy products. So try yogourt, cottage cheese and milk. For protein, we started doing home made shakes with protein powder.

      I wish you luck on your journey, it ain't for sissies!!!

      over 3 years ago
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    Thank you Beeps, I hope in 3 months it will all be over with operation and all. My mother died from this cancer in 2005, she was diagnosed and died within 3 months.

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      JMS

      Danavb and Beeps - I just have to comment about what Beeps said about the importance of a positive attitude and outlook. I am completely convinced that this plays a huge role in our ability to get through treatments and fight this disease. It imay be difficult at times, but a positive approach is a definite plus....JMS

      almost 4 years ago
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      Danavb

      Had my first Chemo therapy today, took 2 1/2 hours and slept through it the whole time. I even got an ovation..........lol...... They gave me Abraxane, Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate, Fosaprepitant Dimeglumine, Gemzar & Palonosetron HCI. I found out today I am getting Chemo only once a weeki with Radiation 5 times a week starting tomorrow. Only side effect I had today is that I was very sleepy all day.

      over 3 years ago
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      JMS

      Danavb - just a quick note about the radiation. Starting last August, I too received 5-day-a-week radiation, while also taking Xeloda twice a day every day. I found the impact of radiation to be cumulative, so that by about 2 1/2 weeks in, things became more difficult (in terms of eating and drinking because the radiation began to burn parts of my digestive track). Hope this doesn't happen in your case. I too became very tired and wasn't up to doing much. Hope things go well. JMS

      over 3 years ago
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    My cancer is smaller than a golf ball in the main body of the pancreas with a haze around it. The doctors are doing chemo and radiation to get the haze to go away and shrink the cancer so it is away from any blood vessels more before the operate and cut it out. I don't know what the chemicals are going to be yet, but will know Tuesday. They are hitting it hard I think to make sure I have the best chance of getting it gone. They gave me anti-nausia pills to take before I go each morning to get treatments. I have 3 days of chemo and 5 days a radiation treatments a week.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy)