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    Celebration (Cancer is shrinking): Went for my 3 month check up and my primary tumor has shrunk, plus the tumors in my lungs have "significantly decreased" and are no longer measurable. Cancer marker dropped from 412 to 75. Hugged doc and don't really remember too much about the 4 hour drive home. Hubby and I were just elated and thanked God. Called all friends and thanked them for their prayers. As much as I hate the chemo, it's doing its job. Will make an effort to stop complaining about it. More good news - instead of chemo every 2 weeks, now every three weeks and if things continue to go well doc promised a big break in November. Only issue I have is weight. I need to gain or she will drop one of the chemos (currently on 4). Hopefully doing the chemo every 3 weeks instead of two will help my appetite. Wanted to share to give hope. There were many days that I didn't have any. I struggled mightily with depression which was helped by anti depression medication and my local oncologist, a wonderful lady who even takes a minute to call me after hours to see how I'm doing and always greets me with a hug. What a wonderful lady with an amazing bedside manner.

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      Magdem...what awesome news! Take this hug with good intentions...hugmmmah! Sounds as though you have a very thoughtful oncologist. It is very important to have such a caring person who takes care of you. I learned a long time ago that most doctors, and surgeons, don't have great bedside manners. It's not that these professional people don't care about you, they just don't show it. They seem to leave that up to the nurses who for the most part have great bedside manners. Magdem...you can complain about the chemotherapy as much as you choose. Anyone who is undergoing treatments of chemotherapy and/or radiation has the right to complain, you and all the others have earned it...XXX it! Sorry I got carried away with the language. Take care Magdem, it is nice to have such good news.
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      over 3 years ago
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    Welcome! You will find many of your questions answered on this site. The members are incredibly supportive. I was diagnosed with pancan last August, have gone through radiation and Xeloda (chemo) and am currently going through chemo (gemzar) again. At this point I am waiting to see if I am a candidate for the Whipple surgery. This journey is truly a roller coaster ride, but the people here have helped me tremendously, especially during my darkest hours. Please keep coming back, ask questions and keep us posted. You are NOT alone.

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    Welcome Strange. You have come to the right place. This community is wonderful. I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last August and it was the most difficult thing I have ever been through, emotions I have never felt in my life. The wonderful caring people here have really helped me through these difficult times and I'm happy to say that I'm at a point now that I can take this one day at a time and live more in the here and now. I even started working again last week. Will start new chemo this week, a little scary because I don't know exactly how it will effect me, but anything to fight this b**tard. Have already gone through radiation and the chemo Xeloda. Don't give up, come here and share the good and bad. Help is just a click away. Good luck.