I was diagnosed in 2015 with stage 2 cancer. A whipple procedure was performed to remove the tumor. I went thru 4 chemo treatments as my body couldn't take any more than that. I then went thru 6 weeks of M-F radiation. Two weeks later I returned to work. Every 6 months a CT Scan will need to be performed to verify I am still cancer free.
In March, I was re-diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and my oncologist told me that I had 3 to 6 months to live. In April and May I was given Florfirinox chemo that put me in the hospital every time. So I started to look for new oncologist and trial doctors. Well I found new doctors that are supportive and will fight for me. I needed to perform blood work, biopsy and a CT scan to qualify for any available trail. I was accepted to three trials in August. I can’t thank Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) enough. They provided information on trials and connected me with Perthera that diagnosed my tumor with my mutation. This information on my mutation assisted me in the decision of which trail best fit for me. So on August 30th I started the Palbociclib (oral CDK 4/6 inhibitor) plus Abraxane trail. I had an infusion and 30 min after a blood draw was performed to monitor my markers. Then blood draw at the hour mark 2 hour mark and 4 hour mark. Then another blood draw on Thursday and Friday. On Friday I began taking a daily oral pill. I will need a CT scan in two months to determine the stage of my tumor. If the tumor (fingers crossed) has shrunk, stabilized or (hope not) grown. After CT scan results, I will need to make the decision to stay on this trial or move on to the next trial. I can be on this trial for the rest of my life if it keeps working for me. So far no side effects either and I seem to be tolerating treatment without any issues. With everyone’s support/prayers I have surpassed the 3 to 6 month mark and will continue to fight PC.
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