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81 year old female
pruth
Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011 4:00 PM
Joined: 5/19/2011
Posts: 5


small mass at head of pancreas is considered resectable.   no pain right now.  do not want whipple. 
is cyberknife worth a try?

Pruth

radsrus
Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011 7:42 PM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 4435


Yes. In someone of that age, it may be the treatment of choice.

 

Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
St. Anthony Hospital Cyberknife Center
(405) 272-7311
buddy@swrads.org

Mail to:
Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
Southwest Radiation Oncology
1011 N. Dewey Ave. #101
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

 


pruth
Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 9:59 AM
Joined: 5/19/2011
Posts: 5


Update: SO FAR SO GOOD
She had three once/week gemzar treatments followed by 5days (m-f) Cyberknife.  She is on 2nd course of gemzar (one week left of 5 weeks) and then will have CT scan on August 19th.
She has no pain, no jaundice, weight is steady, all liver enzyme tests are back to normal.  Tolerating the gemzar very well. 
So we have our fingers crossed for the scan results. 


Pruth

pruth
Posted: Saturday, August 27, 2011 10:59 AM
Joined: 5/19/2011
Posts: 5


81 year old female is now 2 months post-cyberknife on small pancreatic mass.  Her CT last week shows no active tumor, no metastases, all her blood tests are normal again, she is in no pain, she has regained some weight. 

are there any statistics yet about this?   Is this just the calm before a new storm/new tumor?  How does one weigh the pros and cons of continuing chemo if there was only one small tumor and it now may be inactive and apparently has not invaded any nodes or other tissues?  (Most people would have had a Whipple because it was considered operable and early...we were pressured to do that!  But decided not to given age 81.)

Pruth

radsrus
Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2011 7:33 AM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 4435


Local control is achieved in about 85-90%. Metastatic disease is the real problem, and chemo can help prevent or delay that. Your call.

 

Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
St. Anthony Hospital Cyberknife Center
(405) 272-7311
buddy@swrads.org

Mail to:
Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
Southwest Radiation Oncology
1011 N. Dewey Ave. #101
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

 


radsrus
Posted: Monday, October 03, 2011 4:58 AM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 4435


THe surgeon probably won't know much if anything about CK. It might be an alternative. We would want more information on the tumor etc but the medical conditions you mention would not preclude treatment

 

Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
St. Anthony Hospital Cyberknife Center
(405) 272-7311
buddy@swrads.org

Mail to:
Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
Southwest Radiation Oncology
1011 N. Dewey Ave. #101
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

 


pruth
Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 5:04 PM
Joined: 5/19/2011
Posts: 5


GOOD NEWS

Update: 7 months after cancer diagnosis and 6 months after CyberKnife: 

CT scan shows "no signs of progression"
All bloodwork is normal.   No pain.  No signs of spread. 

Don't know what the future holds, but right now life goes on, seemingly without any signs or symptoms of pancreatic cancer!

-Pruth, age 82


Pruth

pruth
Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 5:00 AM
Joined: 5/19/2011
Posts: 5


Update:
14 months after cyberknife.
CT continues to show no sign of progression.




Pruth

 

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