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    Fever and Shivering

    My father has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer few weeks back. Doctor is giving him chemo, but every week he is getting shivering and fever (about 102). Our doctor said it is the common side effect. Is there any one else who has experienced these things. Thanks.

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    102 isn't common. That seems really high.

    What chemo treatments is your dad getting?

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    He is getting Gemcitabine and Tarceva. Two cycles has been completed.

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    Hi,

    I agree with Tony it is not normal. My dad just had his fourth treatment of chemo yesterday and they were not going to do his chemo because when he first arrived his temp was 99.6 it must have been a fluke because it was normal the next time they took it in 15 minutes. They told us that if he ever has a fever over 99 that he should be seen by his doctor.

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    Yeah, I know it is too much . Earlier when I talked with another doctor he said it might be symptoms of Malaria. And our oncologist said it is normal, and he does not want to give both the medication together.
    Any one taking Tarceva ?

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    My dad was getting Gemcitabine alone and he was ALWAYS cold. However, the fever only came on because of a reason. He had gotten an infection where his stent was placed, and then he had came down with pneumonia. But, that doesn't seem the case with your dad as his fever goes away. 102 does NOT sound normal...I would keep pressing for answers until they figure out what is going on. Don't be afraid to be pushy and demand more tests and answers.
    March 21, 2011 - Dad diagnosed. Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma on head of pancreas.
    April 2011 - Gemcitabine and radiation for a total of 12 weeks.
    October 14, 2011 - Successful Whipple procedure. Cancer free! Best 5 months of my life!!!
    March 2, 2012 - CT scan and discovery of possible mets to both lungs.
    March 23, 2012 - Biopsy confirmed recurrence.
    May 2, 2012 - Folfiri regimen started. Stopped after 2 treatments due to infection.
    June 2, 2012 - Switched to Xeloda
    Sept. 21, 2012 - No more chemo...treatment not working anymore. Now we wait and pray.
    October 6, 2012 - My dad is now at peace in Heaven, watching over us until we meet again.

    ♥ Forever in my heart! Miss you every day more than words can say! ♥

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbieC View Post
    My dad was getting Gemcitabine alone and he was ALWAYS cold. However, the fever only came on because of a reason. He had gotten an infection where his stent was placed, and then he had came down with pneumonia. But, that doesn't seem the case with your dad as his fever goes away. 102 does NOT sound normal...I would keep pressing for answers until they figure out what is going on. Don't be afraid to be pushy and demand more tests and answers.
    Exactly. Ask as many questions to the doctor as you want. That's why he is there . Good luck.

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    My dad has chills alot too, and low grade fever like 99...oncologist said it is normal, 102 though is not normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurah01 View Post
    My dad has chills alot too, and low grade fever like 99...oncologist said it is normal, 102 though is not normal.
    99 is normal. Anything over 100 isn't.

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    Thank you all for the reply. We talked with the doctor yesterday and he said that they need to put the Stent again as it is not working properly. Not sure what to do now.

 

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