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    So, now that the cancer treatments (for pancreatic cancer) are done, I feel so helpless. It's like when we were actually fighting the disease with surgery and chemo etc, I felt like we were doing something to kill the cancer, but now that it's over, how do you cope?
    I sort of feel like a sitting duck, just waiting for the cancer to come back because we are not actively fighting it right now.
    How are other people coping with this fear? I find it is affecting my attitude on just about everything, so I need to thoughts
    thanks

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      FreeBird

      Think of it this way: you don't always have to be swinging punches to be in the ring, fighting, and winning. When you're opponent is down for the ten-count, you take a break to watch to see if he gets up again, and study his moves so you can strategize where to land the next punch. Also by taking a rest, you're able to recover energy, and feel better from everything you've been through. With the chemotherapy, the healthy cells take a beating also. My dad was forced to take a break from chemo for a month due to complications from the biopsy. All things considered, it was probably the best thing for him, because he regained a lot of his strength. It seems like your husband caught his pancreatic cancer early, which is unusual. That should give you a lot of hope. My dad is stage IV. I find that taking one day at a time is the best way to go. For today, everything is okay and we are managing the best we can do with what we have at this point in time. Tomorrow will get here soon enough.

      Presumably, there will be follow-up appointments to monitor your husband's body for any surprises. Make sure he keeps those appointments, because the earlier you are able to jump on any problems, often the better the outcome.

      about 4 years ago
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      Anything you can do to enrich your life now is actively fighting cancer. This time is best spent building on what you already have. A healthier lifestyle is always a work in progress. Spending more time with each other and people you care about, reaching out to others that need help, hobbies and social events that were interrupted by treatments are great ways to enrich your life now which in turn re-enforces a positive outlook. Enjoy some R&R for all of us! Good luck and best wishes!

      /Hugs

      about 4 years ago
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    Congratulations magdem on your persistence! Good luck with your journey. MD Anderson has a wondeful reputation. Keep us posted.

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    Madison wrote on sdsailor's wall

    Welcome to What Next, this is a great site with many wonderful people that care and can answer your questions. my husband was diagnosed last November with Stage 1B. he had chemo and then a whipple, followed by more chemo. He is doing good, he just finished chemo. Survivorliz is correct. The best thing to do is find a good cancer center with a surgeon that does alot of whipples. That is the best way to go. It's a tough journey, but there is hope. Don't read too much on the internet about doom and gloom and percentages etc. It's hard to keep hope when you read statistics and we are all people, not statistics. Find a good cancer center and they will take good care of you. Good luck in your journey and stay tuned in to this website. There is alot of strenght and hope here.