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    Radiation (External radiation ): Treatment has pretty much took my appetite away. Losing weight fast. Maybe that's a good thing. Other then that handling radiation fairly well.

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    Chemo & Radiation before a Whipple Procedure

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      Madison

      my husband had Chemo for 3 months before his whipple. It helped to decrease the swelling that he had from pancreatitis. After the 3 months of chemo, he had a successful whipple and then followed by 3 more months of chemo. My surgeon, who has done alot of whipple surgeries, told me that the big cancer centers often recommend doing chemo first to shrink the tumor before they do surgery. I know MD anderson has recommended that, or so I have been told. We didn't do radiation, so I am not familiar there.
      Good luck

      over 4 years ago
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      SurvivorLiz

      I was diagnosed 2 years ago with pancreatic cancer. I went to Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY. My Doctors recommended chemo and radiation before the Whipple Procedure. The way they explained it made sense. The treatments before the surgery should either kill or chase into the tumor those free floating cancer cells and shrink the tumor. Making it easier to get it all when they do the Whipple. Good Luck!

      over 4 years ago
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      Blue

      That's how I did it.,chemo and radiation to shrink the tumor prior to the,Whipple.

      over 3 years ago
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    Just had my first radiation treatment today. Stomach not feeling so good. No appetite. Will have 15 days of radiation with chemo once a week. Don't know what to expect from all of this. Trying to read about the experiences of others.

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      KarenG_WN

      Hi Rick, I hope you're feeling a little better today. If you want to ask about others' experiences with radiation, you can post a question in our Questions section. You can do this by clicking on "Questions" in the purple bar above and then typing in the text box. I hope this helps!

      over 4 years ago
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    rickscarver wrote on stillkickin's wall

    I just joined this site. Not sure how to navigate around it yet. I have just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In my case they want to treat it with chemo and radiation and then do the surgery. Hope this is the correct way to go since you had surgery right away.
    I am scared and have had a lot of emotion, but your story is very encouraging to me

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    Oh No