Jahmby Koikai mourns losing her grandma to Pancreatic cancer

Today marks 3 years since Jahmby Koikai lost her grandma to pancreatic cancer that had been discovered at an advanced stage.

In a candid Instagram post Jahmby narrates how her grandma was diagnosed with  ulcers only for doctors to find out she had pancreatic cancer stage 4.

“Mummy…It’s 3 years on. Never thought time would fly past us like this.
September 2015, is still quite vivid and livid for me. I had been having weird chest pains and a very dry cough for close to two months and my grandma had some debilitating stomach pain.

My sister and i were raised by grandma and mom who we all fondly called mummy and never shosho, my mom is mom. We were rushed to hospital.

I was told that i had to go for surgery that night due to a collapsed lung which the doctor thought was due to my underweight issues. Mummy was diagnosed with ulcers.

A few weeks later we found out she had pancreatic cancer stage 4. She later passed away on March 18, 2016.”

Jahmby Koikai's mum
Jahmby Koikai’s mum

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Jahmby goes on to say

“Now in my previous post, alot of Kenyans have been misdiagnosed with ulcers yet they have various stomach cancers. I’d like to share more info with you.
1. After getting your CT and MRI scans, a biopsy should be carried out to determine the stage of the cancer/tumour.
2. Stomach cancers cause blockages in the bile duct and one may require surgery to clear it up.
3. By the time you are done with step 1 and 2, you should have an oncologist who will help you to either start radiation or chemotherapy.
Mummy was too old for radiation plus her cancer was at an advanced stage.
4. Now for chemotherapy, please do your research on the intravenous chemotherapy or tablet chemotherapy. This is not a very easy process for any patient. We had tablet/oral chemotherapy for mummy. It was way too strong for her.
5. Morphine is the only painkiller that can ease the cancer pain. It’s not an over the counter drug. You must have a prescription.

Rest well mummy. We miss you so much❤

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Woman, 40, Claims Her Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Restored Her FERTILITY And Helped Her Get Pregnant

A 40-year-old woman who had been trying to get pregnant for 14 years claims her cancer treatment cured her infertility.

The woman, who lives in Florida and has not been named, took a chemotherapy drug as a part of treatment for pancreatic cancer and says it triggered her ovaries to function properly.

She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after finding a lump on her abdomen. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest types of cancer with a five-year survival rate of five percent.

The woman had surgery to remove the tumor, then underwent treatment with the chemotherapy drug gemcitabine.

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A few weeks after the treatment, the woman noticed that that the drug appeared to restore her ability to ovulate, according to a case report obtained by Life Science.

The woman was diagnosed with an infertility disease called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) after trying to conceive for multiple years.

It is caused by an imbalance of hormones interfering with the growth and release of eggs during monthly ovulation, and causes irregular or non-existent periods in patients.

Most women with the condition grow many small cysts on their ovaries, which are not harmful, but cause a hormone imbalance. It is not clear what causes PCOS, but doctors believe it might be genetic.

he woman reportedly tried unsuccessfully to become pregnant for 14 years, using a combination of fertility treatments, weight loss and tracking her ovulation.

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For an unknown reason, she did not try in vitro fertilization (IVF).

When she turned 35, she felt a lump on the left side of her abdomen and reported sharp pains in the area. She went to the emergency room and, after numerous scans, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The cancer is caused by abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells in the pancreas.

Following the cancer treatments, her doctor explained that she suddenly started having regular menstrual cycles. And, about 15 months later, she found out she was pregnant.

She only carried that child for six-weeks before experiencing a miscarriage, but now, five years later, the 40-year-old has given birth to a healthy child.

Doctors believe the gemcitabine drug restored her fertility and allowed her to become pregnant by acting the same way another treatment for PCOS would have.

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