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    Hello Snakemonkey555,
    Glad you made it through! I made it thru 6 months of IV Chemo and that last month I felt like I was dying. Chicken broth and those soft peppermint balls were all I could keep down. I had pancreatic cancer too and a 9 hour Whipple Surgery got 2 tumors removed. When the surgeon removed the tumor on the nerve going into my T3 disc the sheath on the nerve came off and to this day that nerve grates on the disc where it goes in. That pain is excruciating so after 8 & 1/2 years of 1200MG morphine, 60MG hydrocodone (for break thru pain) and a 100MCH Fentanyl patch I changed every 3 days the Interventional Pain Clinic at Vanderbilt in Nashville installed a pain pump in my lower left abdomen.
    It works a little but on any given day my pain level is around a 5 on the doctors standard "smiley face" scale.
    For sure, cancer SUCKS!
    Here's hoping and praying that you stay well!
    Rick

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      Hey Rick,

      Yeah brother, for sure cancer sucks! But sounds like your kickin its A$$. Keep up the positive attitude! Be strong!

      Aaron

      9 months ago
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    Welcome! Thank You for choosing this career path. I was diagnosed at Vanderbilt in Nashville with Stage IIB pancreatic. I had the full Whipple and they cut over half of my pancreas off and sewed the remainder inside my stomach. 10" of duodenum removed and the cancer had metastasized to the nerve going into my T3 disc. When the Head of Surgery at Vandy peeled the tumor off the nerve the sheath pulled loose from the nerve as well. Prognosis was 1 year to live. Did 6 mo. of 24/7 5FU chemo and that last month was nasty. That was April 2004 and I was released from "clinic" last November! Enjoy your life helping so many people going through the worst possible scenario.

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    Don't let this stuff beat you. I was a Stage IV back in April 2004. Did the Whipple and 6 months of chemo 24/7 (5FU) and I'm still here. Refuse to lose. Got released from clinic in November. Every month oncologist visit and lab for CA19-9 tumor marker score. Let me know if you have any questions!

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