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  1. Thread: ascites

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    That's good news! Good luck!

    That's good news! Good luck!
  2. Thread: ascites

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    Hi Jackie, My mom has similar complaints:...

    Hi Jackie,

    My mom has similar complaints: bloating, especially after meals, and tightness in lower rib area. She's having it checked these days. If you don't mind, could you please share with me...
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    I'm sorry to hear it. My sincere condolences to...

    I'm sorry to hear it. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
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    I'm sorry about what your dad has been going...

    I'm sorry about what your dad has been going through. If it is your dad's will to fight, give it a try. Getting a 2nd opinion won't hurt anything.
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    I'm so saddened by this news. My heart goes to...

    I'm so saddened by this news. My heart goes to you, your dad and your family.
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    It should be >20% rise followed by >20% drop....

    It should be >20% rise followed by >20% drop. Sorry if I have misled you.
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    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18855156 ...

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18855156

    This paper studied CA19-9 surge after chemo for gastric cancer and concluded that 'these surge phenomena had clinical benefits from chemo'. It's on a...
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    Hi Jackie, hope your new treatment will work. ...

    Hi Jackie, hope your new treatment will work.

    CA19-9 is an antigen in certain cells in the digestive system, including cancer cells mutated from normal cells. When these cells die, CA19-9 is...
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    It makes me outrageous to think that pancreatic...

    It makes me outrageous to think that pancreatic cancer patients are being triaged, especially for stage 4.
    It just feels like a hopeless cycle: bad prognosis -> unfavorable allocation of medical...
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    My mom was in a similar situation. Her CA-19 rose...

    My mom was in a similar situation. Her CA-19 rose from normal to 200 during adjuvant chemo (S1, not available in US but widely used in East Asia), and scan later found recurrence in her peritoneum....
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    Hi David, I think the location of pancreas also...

    Hi David, I think the location of pancreas also facilitates the metastasis of cancer cells to other organs.
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    My mom has all the same symptoms except for...

    My mom has all the same symptoms except for bronchitis, which is eventually diagnosed as sepsis (infection in blood + fever + other symptoms).

    High neutrophil count + fever & chilling very likely...
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    Hi Brigitte, you are correct that she is still on...

    Hi Brigitte, you are correct that she is still on Abraxane. She gets 2 vials per week, which should be 200mg. Every 3 weeks of injections, she gets one week off.
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    Congratulations Dirk!

    Congratulations Dirk!
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    My mom's first Anniversary

    This week marks the first Anniversary since my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In short, she received surgery, had quick recurrence, started Chemo and is now doing well.

    The darkest...
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    Great news! Congratulations Was there surgery...

    Great news! Congratulations

    Was there surgery or was it just chemo? Can you share with us what treatment your husband has received? Thank you very much
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    I completely understand it. Tough situation. 2...

    I completely understand it. Tough situation.

    2 immunotherapeutic drugs, Pembrolizumab and Nivolumab, have already been approved and entered Chinese market. Permbrolizumab, i.e. Keytruda, works...
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    Where is your mother receiving treatment, China...

    Where is your mother receiving treatment, China or US?

    For targeted therapy, it is true that there aren't many options. You may consider testing BRCA genes. If eligible, it opens a new option of...
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    With pancreas partly or entirely removed, it is...

    With pancreas partly or entirely removed, it is inevitable to develop diabetes. It is just part of the drill.

    But you are already an hero who are beating the crap out of the terrifying cancer...
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    For genetic test, you may want to have BRCAness...

    For genetic test, you may want to have BRCAness and Mismatch Repair deficiency (MMR-d) checked. The former could lead to some targeted therapy, and the latter to PD-l1 drugs such as Keytruda. Chances...
  21. Sounds like you are a tough guy David. Well,...

    Sounds like you are a tough guy David.

    Well, certainly you are!
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    I agree. PC at early age is unfortunate, but it...

    I agree. PC at early age is unfortunate, but it also indicates higher likelihood of germline mutation. So hopefully some targeted therapy can respond better.
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    That's incredible. Hopefully more drugs get...

    That's incredible. Hopefully more drugs get approved in the future so there can be new options for us.
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    Have you got his MSI tested? I've read a few...

    Have you got his MSI tested? I've read a few clinical trials of combo therapy of keytruda + chemo. They did show promising results for none MSI-high patients, but none of them have reached Phase 3...
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    My mom is on Gem/Abraxane. She lost all her hair...

    My mom is on Gem/Abraxane. She lost all her hair before the end of the 1st round. But I learned that this is probably just temporary.

    The major side effects my mom suffers from are nausea and...
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