This is my first entry as I have not long found out I have pancreatic cancer & so far it has been a hard journey. I had my first oncology visit yesterday & have found out my cancer is more advanced than I thought even though I have minimal in the way of symptoms, actually pain is still the only main symptom I have with a bit of fatigue & lack of interest in food plus so far the cancer has not spread to any other organs that we are aware of.
Apparently a whipple is out of the question as the cancer is deep in the head of the pancreas & there are too many blood vessels to allow safe surgery.
I am now going from public hospital/treatments system to private. I see my new oncologist tomorrow to discuss which type of chemotherapy I should have & my choices are the general chemo called Gemcitabine & a new one called Folfirinox which can only be used on certain patients as it has far stronger side effects than Gemcitabine however as it is a more agressive chemo it will give me a longer life extension. Plus I am hoping it will attack the cancer enough to reduce it to allow for surgery.
Has anyone else had this type of chemo
I would like to suggest (if you haven't already) pay a visit to 2-3 surgeons before you decide to undergo a chemo treatment. I reckon you will be surprised to learn that specialists' opinions differ very much.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.