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Posted by rosilita on August 20, 2000 at 19:20:15:

In Reply to: Pancreatic cancer posted by Susan on August 20, 2000 at 15:09:55:

: My Dad has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is not a candidate for surgery. He has lost a lot of weight, is very weak and tired. Has anyone been involved with rubetican? What are the pros/cons of this? Side effects? My Dad is scheduled to begin traditional chemo and radiation in 1 1/2 weeks. We live in the Boston area and are going to Dana Farber this week for a second opinion. Any info. you could provide would be helpful. My entire family is devasted by this. Thank you.
i don't know the particulars involved in the requirements to get on the rubetican protocal, but it is my understanding its had very good results, there was cases reported of stabilization of the disease when they used it in combination with regular chemo, i think gemzar. there is all sorts of info on the web put out by the drug manufacturer as it is doing so well, they are hoping to get apporval this year outside the clinical trials system. if you put the word into your search engine you can come up with the web site, when you get to the drug manuf main web site go to the archives i thik in april or may where they reported the results of their early clinical trials to a big oncology convention, i yhink the web site may also tell you what cities the trials are going on in. you may want to get on the waiting list to get in the trial, at one point there was a waiting list (maybe not now) you could always change your mind, if current chemo proves to be effective. good luck to your family



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