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    PanCan and depression

    I have read that depression is one of the symptoms of PC and unlike other cancers there's a direct link between PC and depression, I have also read that this correlation between PC and depression is not fully understood, and even debatable. Looking back on the 6mos (spring/summer) prior to my wife's diagnosis I do recall her being somewhat down, certainly not depressed as I know it, but just not her usual self. Perhaps this is just me applying what I know now to what I didn't know then, it's hard to say.

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    Depression and lack of energy can look and feel the same. I know I was very low energy before diagnosis and looking back, this could have seemed like depression. Your wife may not have been depressed, just very tired, but still with her usual outlook.

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    I agree with Jamie. Lack of energy can be a sign of depression. I don't know what kind of depression the studies are referring too, as there are different types of depression, from full fledge and severe depressions to mild and chronic versions.
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    1/12/2016 No symptoms except ongoing fatigue; blood test revealed elevated liver enzymes
    1/18/2016 Liver ultrasound, then MRI confirmed enlarged bile duct
    1/21/2016 ERCP and placement of a temporary stent
    1/28/2016 CT-Scan showed a lesion on the head of pancreas
    2/09/2016 2nd ERCP + EUS + FNA
    2/12/2016 DX Borderline resectable pancreas ductal adenocarcinoma - Stage 3 @ 61
    2/24/2016 FOLFIRINOX 3 cycles (6 infusions)
    5/12/2016 CYBER-KNIFE Stereotactic Radiation 3 sessions
    6/16/2016 WHIPPLE + portal vein and right hepatic artery reconstructions - 0/19 nodes pos - no mets. Restaged to 1A
    8/31/2016 FOLFOX for 3 cycles (6 infusions)
    Sept 2016 Know Your Tumor - PANCAN.org
    11/4/2016 CT Scan clear - NED
    May 2017 Liver lesion - DX mild fatty liver disease - NED
    Aug 2017 Several small lung nodules - slow growth - NED until August 2018
    Aug 2018 Pancreatic metastasis confirmed by biopsy.
    Sept 2018 Starting clinical trial with RX-3117 and Abraxane (NCT03189914)
    March 2019 Lung nodules are stable

 

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