Have you known of anyone with the diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer that was treated with the drug, Gemzar?
Tiny Dan - What is your source?
Asked by Marcia Andeson 4 months ago.
Pancreatic maximum cancers is maximum cancers bobbing up interior the enzyme-secreting tissue of the pancreas, the gland that lies at the back of the tummy & produces insulin & some oof the enzymes utilized in digestion of foodstuff. the main substantial symptom is an increasing kind of extreme abdomen discomfort, which in many circumstances spreads by way of to the back. different indicators contain vomiting, diarrhoea, weightloss & tiredness. The pancreatic duct joins the easy bile duct till now stepping into the duodenum (the 1st area of the small gut). If the joined duct turns into invaded & blocked with the help of maximum cancers cells, Jaundice developes. diagnosis is with the help of ultrsound or CAT test. Early treatment with the help of surgical removing of the pancreas, plus chemotherapy &/or radiotherapy, would treatment the affected person, yet maximum pancreatic cancers are actually not got here across till they have unfold to adjoining organs & to the liver & lungs with the help of skill of the blood. Answered by Chi Broughton 4 months ago.
Gemzar is a common drug for pancreatic cancer and is used in combination with 5-FU. It is also a radiation sensitizer and should be used with radiation as well. It has been shown to increase survival time over using 5-FU alone. Answered by Jalisa Adames 4 months ago.
In patients not suitable for resection with curative intent, palliative chemotherapy may be used to improve quality of life and gain a modest survival benefit. Gemcitabine was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1998 after a clinical trial reported improvements in quality of life in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. This marked the first FDA approval of a chemotherapy drug for a non-survival clinical trial endpoint. Gemcitabine is administered intravenously on a weekly basis. Addition of oxaliplatin (Gem/Ox) conferred benefit in small trials, but is not yet standard therapy. Fluorouracil (5FU) may also be included. On the basis of a Canadian led Phase III Randomised Controlled trial involving 569 patients with advanced pancreatic cancer, the US FDA has licensed the use of erlotinib (Tarceva) in combination with gemcitabine as a palliative regimen for pancreatic cancer. This trial compared the action of gemcitabine/erlotinib vs gemcitabine/placebo and demonstrated improved survival rates, improved tumor response and improved progression-free survival rates. The survival improvement with the combination is on the order of less than four weeks, leading some cancer experts to question the incremental value of adding erlotinib to gemcitabine treatment. New trials are now investigating the effect of the above combination in the adjuvant and neoadjuvant setting. A trial of anti-angiogenesis agent bevacizumab (Avastin) as an addition to chemotherapy has shown no improvement in survival of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. It may cause higher rates of high blood pressure, bleeding in the stomach and intestine, and intestinal perforations. Ongoing trials of gemcitabine combined with nab-Paclitaxel (Abraxane) have shown significant promise with substantially higher response rates, and even some remissions, compared to other therapies in patients with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Answered by Anamaria Wolken 4 months ago.
i don't know but there a lot ihear edd Answered by Iola Gonzelez 4 months ago.
Gemzar and muscle pain?
Thanks Mary but my question wasn't 'define Gemzar and its uses'. And for the record, I'm on it with avastin.
Asked by Donetta Grohoske 4 months ago.
It's not common, in fact I've never had a patient complain of aching muscle pain with Gemzar. If you had said you were on Taxol, as your friend Mary there suggested, I would understand. Muscle pain IS common with Taxol. But not Gemzar, nor Avastin. That being said, when our patients do complain of aching muscle pain, we usually try to start them off with Tylenol or Motrin, hoping that will ease the pain. If that doesn't cut it, you may want to talk to your doc about a narcotic pain reliever like percocet or vicodin. I hope you find some relief. You shouldn't have to live with the pain. Answered by Numbers Mcguirl 4 months ago.
Take Soma to remove muscle pain permanently Answered by Billye Boeckmann 4 months ago.
I have no idea about the Gemzar but for initial stage of muscle pain take some effective medicine like carisoprodol (soma or pain o soma) 350mg. Its very effective medicine. Try once..!!! Answered by Karrie Kratzke 4 months ago.
With Pancreatic Cancer using Gemzar as the chemo. What chemo drug is used with radiation?
I know that Gemzar will not be used, what is the drug of choice with chemo and radiation for pancreatic cancer
Asked by Veola Bransford 4 months ago.
5FU (fluorouracil), either IV or oral (as Xeloda or capecitabine) can be used concurrently with radiation. Gemcitabine (Gemzar) has been used as well in various doses, though toxicities can be considerably more difficult to predict, as that drug is a more potent radiosensitizing agent. It is generally done on a clinical trial. Good luck, best wishes, God bless Answered by Daine Vitek 4 months ago.
Are there less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than gemzar and carboplatin for treating bladder cancer?
My husband received these prior to surgery and now in a debilitated state still requires more chemotherapy. Without going to just paliative drugs, I was wondering if there were some other less toxic agents available at this point. Yes, I am in touch with the oncologist.
Asked by Aleisha Malikowski 4 months ago.
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IS THERE SPECIAL DIET WHILE TAKING GEMZAR &TAXOTERE TREATMENTS?
My boyfriend has been diagnosed with sarcoma and is currently going thru chemo with these drugs. I know he cant eat any raw meat or veggies which he loves.I really want to make this a positive experience for him under the circumstances.This is all new to me and any and all info will be appreciated.
Asked by Pinkie Furtick 4 months ago.
Tell your boy friend that he needs to do his research and discover on his own the prognosis for using that abusive chemotherapy. Don't just listen to doctors that tell you it's the way to deal with this problem. Doctors do NOT have the answers to "curing" this. You need to get to the "root cause" of what is causing this cancer, if you don't, he will get the booby prize at the end and welcome death. 99% of ALL cancers come from infection(s) in the body. If you can find a practitioner in your area where you live that knows how to do QRA testing, you can find the "root cause" and deal with the cancer in the best way. They can work with your doctor to actually help your boyfriend, not abuse him with chemotherapy. Did you know that only 2.1% of the people getting chemotherapy live longer than 5 years!? good luck to you Answered by Mariam Wanko 4 months ago.
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What is the experience of a patient taking Gemzar chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer?
My mother is 78 yo. She would rather have quality than quantity of life. She does not want to spend her final time of time feeling sick from chemo, and losing her hair. What is likelihood of these side effects? Thank you.
Asked by Titus Tetro 4 months ago.
Not to be rude, but this is a serious decision in her life and she should be having a discussion with her oncologist regarding her concerns, therapy options and expectations. There are often avenues to take that may slow the progression of the disease and ease some symptoms without the usual side effects of chemo. Answered by Madison Holden 4 months ago.
Has any one ever heard of Gemcitabine or Gemzar being used to treat Hodgkins Lymphoma? Usual protocol is ABVD. My brother is being treated for stage 1. With Adriamycin, Bleomycin and Gemzar.
Asked by Roxanna Flood 4 months ago.
Okay, yes, I have seen Gemzar used to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma. You are right, ABVD is usually used. The patients I know getting Gemzar for Hodgkins also went for bone marrow transplant. Is your brother going to get BMT?? Maybe it's better at totally ablating the marrow. I'm not an expert or anything, but I am an oncology nurse and have seen these treatments. Good luck to your brother. Stage 1 is very curable, I hope he does well. Answered by Ann Carcieri 4 months ago.
Gemcitabine is a cancer (antineoplastic) medication. Gemcitabine interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body. Gemcitabine is used in the treatment of cancers of the pancreas, lung and breast. Gemcitabine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. (back to top) Who should not use gemcitabine? Do not use gemcitabine without first talking to your doctor if you have kidney disease; liver disease; or poor bone marrow function. The use of gemcitabine may be dangerous if you have any of the conditions listed above. Gemcitabine is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that gemcitabine is known to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use gemcitabine without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Discuss with your doctor the appropriate use of birth control during treatment with gemcitabine. It is not known whether gemcitabine passes into breast milk. Do not take gemcitabine without first talking to your doctor if you are breast feeding a baby. The safety and effectiveness of gemcitabine in children has not been established. (back to top) How should I use gemcitabine? Gemcitabine should only be administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents. Your doctor will determine the correct amount and frequency of treatment with gemcitabine depending upon the type of cancer being treated and other factors. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns regarding the treatment schedule. Your doctor will probably want you to have regularly scheduled blood tests and other medical evaluations during treatment with gemcitabine to monitor progress and side effects. Skin accidentally exposed to gemcitabine should be rinsed thoroughly with soap and warm water. Your healthcare provider will store gemcitabine as directed by the manufacturer. If you are storing gemcitabine at home, follow the directions provided by your healthcare provider. (back to top) What happens if I miss a dose? Contact your doctor if you miss a dose of gemcitabine. (back to top) What happens if I overdose? If for any reason an overdose of gemcitabine is suspected, seek emergency medical attention or contact your healthcare provider immediately. Symptoms of a gemcitabine overdose tend to be similar to side effects caused by the medication, although often more severe. (back to top) What should I avoid while using gemcitabine? Gemcitabine can lower the activity of your immune system making you susceptible to infections. Avoid contact with people who have colds, the flu, or other contagious illnesses and do not receive vaccines that contain live strains of a virus (e.g., live oral polio vaccine) during treatment with gemcitabine. In addition, avoid contact with individuals who have recently been vaccinated with a live vaccine. There is a chance that the virus can be passed on to you. Skin accidentally exposed to gemcitabine should be rinsed thoroughly with soap and warm water. (back to top) What are the possible side effects of gemcitabine? If you experience any of the following serious side effects from gemcitabine, seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately: an allergic reaction (including difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); decreased bone marrow function and blood problems (extreme fatigue; easy bruising or bleeding; black, bloody or tarry stools; or fever, chills, or signs of infection); tissue or vein reactions near the site of administration; blood in the urine; little or no urine production; severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; or difficulty in breathing. Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue taking gemcitabine and talk to your doctor if you experience: flu-like symptoms (fever, weakness, loss of appetite, cough, chills and muscle pain); mouth or lip sores; mild to moderate nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; nerve problems such as burning, pricking or tingling; swelling of the feet or ankles; rash, itching, or hives; or temporary hair loss. Other side effects have also been reported. Discuss with your doctor any side effect that occurs during treatment with gemcitabine. (back to top) What other drugs will affect gemcitabine? Do not receive "live" vaccines during treatment with gemcitabine. Administration of a live vaccine may be dangerous during treatment with gemcitabine. Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with gemcitabine. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products, during treatment with gemcitabine. (back to top) Where can I get more information? Your healthcare provider may have additional information about gemcitabine that you may read. (back to top) What does my medication look like? Gemcitabine is available with a prescription under the brand name Gemzar. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you. Answered by Danyel Goldberger 4 months ago.
What other types of chemotherapy will work?
My mom was diagnosed with metastic transitional cell carcinoma. She was given cisplatin and gemzar from April until September. While it brought the cancer volume down, the cancer is progressing. I need to know if anyone has any other idea of any chemotherapy that can work.
Asked by Domingo Pacana 4 months ago.
There are other chemotherapy regimens that can be tried for metastatic transitional cell bladder cancers (if that is where your mom's primary tumor was found). Since she has been treated with cis-platinum and Gemzar, she must be under the care of an oncologist. That person - who has full knowledge of your mom's case - should be explaining alternatives. If you are not satisfied with the answers, you and your mom could certainly get another opinion. But cures with any of the many possible chemotherapy regimens are not likely in this situation. Answered by Kyoko Oatfield 4 months ago.
In stage 4B pancreatic cancer w/ liver, bladder metastasis at diagnosis what is the life expectancy?
So as far as gemzar chemo or any other regiment.. out of the question?? does he even have months??
Asked by Emerita Grado 4 months ago.
My uncle 65yr/ male/ smoker 50yrs. There was a golfball sized tumor in the bladder diagnosed by biopsy after presenting with severe jaundice, excruciating pain, often noddining out with chronic fatigue, rapid weightloss (roughly 60 lbs over a period of less than several months), brown urine, grayish stools, a sudden onset of gastric problems... i.e. gerd, diabetes, etc, and incapacitating weakness. I have been staying with him so i have seen him deteriorate like this the last 2mo. About how far along is this?? can anyone with some background on the subject give me either a diagnostic opinion or personal experience?? It is definately unresectable i know that. Answered by Twila Fribley 4 months ago.
The median survival is 6-9 months. However, from your description I’m sorry to say it sounds like he may have less time. I think you should look into hospice ASAP. Things can change quickly in a matter of days. EDIT: Treatment, chemo or anything else, is not out of the question. It may prolong his life and/or relieve some symptoms, but it will not cure him and therefore would not be treated aggressively. I answered you the way I did as you were asking about life expectancy. Of course, it is not possible to predict a timeframe for an individual with great accuracy, but the survival rates we have are based on very detailed information we keep on cancer and they are as accurate a prediction that can be made. I wish you both the best. Answered by Willis Khatcherian 4 months ago.
Hi. As someone said, his oncologist is the best source of info, and if you're his caretaker, you certainly have the right to know. Predictions about how long he has left are vague at best. And a lot depends on him. Many cancer patients want to keep fighting until the last breath; others reach a plateau and then announce they're done with treatment. Make sure you understand where he's at with this. Also, if he hasn't had any treatment yet, ask his oncologist about clinical trials he might qualify for. (This assumes he wants to do this). Answered by Anabel Demetree 4 months ago.
Your uncle's oncologist is the best person to discuss his prognosis and treatment plan with. Since you do not mention ongoing chemo, would it be correct to say that he has shifted to palliative care? Multi-site metastasis with rapid weight loss indicates the inevitable will come, but saying when is extremely difficult. Some patients stabilize for weeks or months, albeit at a low level. Other patients go downhill rapidly. As another posting related, you need to be ready right now. It could be months or it could be tomorrow. Sorry for your troubles. Answered by Michaela Sivik 4 months ago.
If he does NO treatment including palliative treatment and care he will like succumb to the fluid which will continue to accumulate in his chest and abdomen. This fluid will need to be drained regularly and is a simple outpatient procedure. He should be enrolled in a hospice program at this point, if he isn't, get the ball rolling now, Hospice is a free service for most US citizens. Hospice is familiar with all of his needs and will help his end-of-life transition go as smoothly as possible but most importantly; can provide the expert care and supplies he needs right now. Bet Wishes Answered by Ja Roefaro 4 months ago.
I lost my mom to pancreatic cancer 5 years ago. Stage 4b is very advanced cancer, meaning he's had it for 1-2 years. If all his doctors are recommending hospice, that would be the best option at this point. Even with the best chemo and radiation treatments, alternative therapies and pain management, living with pancreatic cancer is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Answered by Magan Scroger 4 months ago.
So sorry to hear this sad story I hope your uncle will not suffer and that his pain will be minimal my prayer is also for you and your family and hope you all receive the best care and compassion God Bless you all Answered by Clemmie Albair 4 months ago.
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Drinking beer with pancreatic cancer?
His cancer has metastasis. doc gave him 3-4 months in sept 08 he has been on gemzar since sept I feel like he's giving up because of his pain
Asked by Charita Isla 4 months ago.
There are more than 200 diseases we call cancer and you cannot compare one with another. Usually when you have pancreatic cancer drinking alcohol CAUSES pain. However, if you husband has a drinking problem to start with he is not likely to stop now, as part of this problem is his way of coping. Gemzar is chemotherapy and often alcohol can increase side affects. If he is taking pain meds and drinking this is dangerous. Most people who have had metastatic pancreatic cancer for the past 7 months would not be physically able to go to a bar 3 times a week. Less than 25% would be alive. I am truly sorry you are in this position. I know all of it must be very hard for you. But your husband is nearing the end of his life and you should let him do what he wants so long as he is not putting anyone else’s life at risk, such as drinking and driving. Answered by James Meachum 4 months ago.
I'm being treated for a number of things including cancer and have a good deal of pain especially from neuropathy which the oxycontin doesn't control. I cleared beer with my doctors as well as the wine I like with dinner. I'm on a pretty healthy dose of oxycontin and do not drive when I have had any alcohol. Going to a bar may be making him feel like "normal" but I think it's a dangerous mix if he is taking oxy at the same time. As long as I am at home, I've had no problems at all with the beer or wine. May God bless you both and you both will be in my prayers and I truly wish I had a better answer for your husband - maybe a designated driver for him so he could still get out but be safe for him and the people around him? I hate even the word cancer. Answered by Birdie Loncaric 4 months ago.
Unfortunately only one person in 20 survives pancreatic cancer past stage 1... Clearly your husband has withdrawn from you, unfortunately in a time of crisis people who have emotionally unhealthy relationships usually break up because they are in a codependent relationship rather that a healthy normal relationship. I have a friend who spent many years as a doctor in children's hospital critical care unit. He said a many marriages did not survive the trauma while the child often survives. Think about emotional health and perhaps bringing emotional health to your relationship or let him go in peace. You know you have been living in your own little country club (world) and ignoring many things for years, since before you were married. Its time to get real and deal with those anxieties and fears you falsely justify, make excuses for.. ask your husband to help you conqueror any known issues. I am sure he is aware of your short comings and once you are on your own they become big obstacles to your future relationships. I am sure your husband only wishes the best for you and this is something you will need. Answered by Norma Legrotte 4 months ago.
Of course it could be dangerous and he knows it. He is balancing risk v/s reward. I assume he enjoys drinking beer and may help in taking away some of the pain. The other aspect is that he is going to the bar for some interaction with other people. Ask his doctors nurses if they have any information in regards to your situation. Bring it to his attention. Depending on what stage he was diagnosed or how long he is with acceptance, he may or not listen. When I was being treated, there were a lot of things I couldn't do. But having a beer did make me feel like I was doing something normal. Answered by Trinidad Maggini 4 months ago.
Doctors are NOT good at dealing with cancer at all. It is the ultimate assault on the body. The root cause(s) of cancer are infection and typically due to infections somewhere in the body that may or may not even relate to the specific area where the cancer is located. Treating the cancer, without treating the infection is typical and becomes frustrating and futile in many cases. The pancreas is an essential organ and since the disease has metastasized, this complicates the issue of survival even more. He desperately needs to go way beyond typical medical solutions that in most cases do NOT work anyway. Poor digestion where low stomach acid happens allows the nanobacteria to enter the body and have free reign, leaving one or more of the organs, in particular the kidneys, heart and arteries surrounding the heart, and pancreas vulnerable to infection and deterioration that can lead to cancer. This bacteria cannot be found in typical lab tests and only using a sophisticated type test called the PCR lab test can it be detected. This bacteria is in cooked food and will survive high temperatures like BBQ grills, etc. Stomach acid kills it, but if you have low stomach acid, like most Americans do, it is not killed and wreakes havoc on the person. Using things like chemotherapy gives a person a miserable 2.1% chance of surviving 5 years, statistically. It is abusive and destroys more than it helps in my opinion. Over 85% of ALL cancer patients, no matter what "stage" they are in can answer positively to the statement, "I will do anything to be healthy." It seems cancer patients have given up before they even try to overcome the problems. Treating the cancer itself is how allopathic medicine approaches the problem, leaving the body very vulnerable to it coming back since most cancers are a result of infections somewhere else in the body. Drinking is a way to forget and relieve pain. It is not the solution. It is a result of his giving up and he should never do that, but to tell someone that is in pain and been given a death sentence by the medical people all piles a huge negative load on a person. Just because they can't figure out how to help him doesn't mean there is no hope. I strongly suggest you try something that may help him. It is NOT costly and in fact, very cheap and purportedly 85% works against cancer. Compare that statistic to the 2.1%. Your cost will be less than $100 to try this. There is a book that costs about $20 that gives you the information on how you can prepare a preparation found to work in even the worst cases of cancer. The book is called, "Cancer Can Be Cured" by Father Romano Zago. It is a very detailed account of huge numbers of people being actually cured within a few months and was discovered by accident. There is a company making the product to exact specifications of Zago, or you can read the book and make it yourself. A bottle of the product costs around $70 and they can ship it to you. No claims by the company are made to cure cancer, but simply that it follows Father Zago's formula and is available. I believe you should try this and get the book to read and have your husband read. I think this will give him the hope he needs and for very little money, can try it. This is not some wacko alternative thing, but backed by GOOD SCIENCE and since it is very inexpensive, not a quick cure gimmick to scam you out of a bunch of money like many things are. Additionally, you need to find out where the infections are in his body to deal with that as well that most likely are feeding the cancer. good luck to you Answered by Joleen Digrande 4 months ago.
Okay well this is the deal... pancreatic cancer doesn't have much hope. I have known a person who survived it, but most do not. Beer isn't good for it, as alcohol irritates the pancreas... but at this point, why not let him have his few pleasures. Answered by Hilton Naron 4 months ago.
i know someone else that did this. as long as he's not risking other lives by drinking i think you should let him do what works for him. it really is a painful cancer. i think he's found a way to cope, not giving up. Answered by Cyndi Duppstadt 4 months ago.