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The Whipple

I spent a long time waiting to publish this episode. It’s been six months to the day since my Whipple procedure. Here’s the story:

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On the Road: Issue #10

Here’s another special episode of The Adventures of PanCan Man. This one features Stephen Roche, Son of PanCan Man, as we talk about a 2,700-mile road trip we took to drove to Mayo Clinic and back. Along the way we saw the sights — Niagara Falls, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Notre Dame University, and The Bean.

This show is in three parts…the revelation, the trip, and the Q&A.

Here are some photos from our time On the Road.

Freezing at Niagara Falls
Playing a little guitar at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
An unfiltered photo at the University of Notre Dame…I talk about this photo in the show
$40 for parking…and this terrific photo in Chicago at The Bean

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The Zappening: Issue #9

Ever wonder what it’s like to be zapped in the pancreas under a linear accelerator? Hasn’t everyone? With this issue of the show, here’s your chance to find out all the details.

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Issue #8: Caregivers Should Get Their Own Superhero Capes

Welcome to a very special issue of The Adventures of PanCan Man. In this show I asked my caregiver, my wife Sheryl, to sit down with me and chat about her perspective on these past nine months of me dealing with Stage 3 pancreatic cancer…and her role as a caregiver throughout this time. She really has been the superhero in all of this. Left to my own inclinations…well, I’m lucky that I don’t have to be. But I’ll say I’m better because she took care of me in my darkest moments…and some of those were really dark. And still she stands.

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Issue #7: I Said, Lord, Take Me Downtown, I’m Just Looking for Some Thrush

One of the worst side effects from chemo isn’t all that painful. It’s just disgusting. Ever heard of thrush? Well, listen up and you’ll hear all about it. Plus, you’ll get a story of my biliary stent replacement. And if you listen all the way to the end, you’ll get an update from me on my current status with pancreatic cancer. 

If you’d like to send me an email, you can contact me at adventuresofpancanman@gmail.com

Get the show wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Issue #6: Any (Chemo) Port in a Storm

Chemo is simple, right? Sit in a chair, get hooked up to a pump, and boom…you get your chemo. But it’s not quite that easy, especially when our pancreatic cancer superhero has to have his chemo port replaced after only two uses. 

Plus, you can hear about the joys of fentanyl (that’ll make anyone feel like a superhero). And why nurses are your best friends.

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Episode 5: Chemo Fog and Cancer Triggers

You can’t turn on the TV without hearing a cancer drug ad if you’re in the U.S. And you can’t watch a TV show without a gratuitous cancer story. And don’t get me started about sappy sports stories and cancer. I mean, it’s cancer-cancer-cancer. 

In this episode, I take a break from the sequence of terrible, horrible no good, very bad days with pancreatic cancer to talk a bit about cancer triggers (see above) and chemo fog. The struggle is real.

Please send me a note at adventuresofpancanman@gmail.com if you’d like to chat more, if you have an idea for the show, or if you have a story that you’d like to tell on the show.

You can find the podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Please do me a favor and share this episode if you think it could be helpful to a patient or caregiver. 

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Episode 4: Interventional Radiology

One of the benefits I get with pancreatic cancer is the expansion of my vocabulary. In this episode, I get into a situation that requires interventional radiology after I thought chemo round two went great. In the words of Roseanne Roseannadanna, “It’s always something.”

Please feel free to contact me at adventuresofpancanman@gmail.com. I really appreciate your feedback and hearing from you. 

I’ll keep fighting the good fight and not let my pancreas be my kryptonite.

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Episode 3: The Chemo Commences

Take a little tour with me today when I tell you all the details of my experience with my first chemotherapy round of FOLFIRINOX. That four-drug combination has proved to be a lifesaver for people like me who have pancreatic cancer. But I can tell you there are consequences for using such a powerful drug cocktail — and I experienced them all. You’ll learn about my neurotoxicity.  About a cholinergic crisis. About the application of atropine. And how I thought I’d seen my last day on my first day of chemo. 

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Episode 2: The Dragonslayers

When you have a dragon inside you like pancreatic cancer, you want to find the best dragonslayers out there. In this episode, I talk about finding the best medical team and undergoing my first treatment evaluation at Mayo Clinic.

I start out talking about my experience (and my panic attack) in the PET-CT scan. Then I talk about the research I did to find a medical team to guide me through this treatment. And then talk about a laparoscopic surgery to look for metastatic tumors…and the installation of my chemo port. 

If you would like to contact me, please send an email to adventuresofpancanman@gmail.com. I’ve love some feedback. And to hear your stories. The Adventures of PanCan Man is designed to be a community project — I’m just telling my story first.