Pancreatic Cancer

  • carew28

    Posts: 639

    Feb 20, 2013 5:53 PM GMT
    A close acquaintance of mine received this diagnosis yesterday.

    About a year and a half ago, she'd been having abdominal pain. She went to a doctor, was referred to specialists, and was eventually diagnosed with a pancreatic tumor. She had surgery to remove it. The biopsy result was that it was benign (not cancerous), although possibly could be pre-cancerous. No follow-up was needed.

    Last December 2012, she went back to the doctor because of high blood-pressure and stomach pain. After a physical, she was told that everything was fine. But the pain persisted, and she requested either an MRI or an X-ray, I'm not sure which. The results, which came back the first week of January 2013, showed "spots" in her pancreas, lung, and liver. She was referred to a specialist, who did a biopsy, which came back "inconclusive". It seemed to be the same as the original benign tumor, and they couldn't understand why it spread. They did another biopsy, this time in her lung. The initial observation seemed again to be benign, though they didn't understand why it spread. But then, yesterday, the final result came back as malignant pancreatic cancer. I think that chemotherapy is now being recommended, probably to commence in about 2 weeks.

    I know that pancreatic cancer is serious, and for many patients it's terminal. I'm just wondering what she should be doing now, that she's received this diagnosis.

    Anyone else on this forum had any experiences with pancreatic cancer, and what was the result ? Thanks for any information.
  • LJay

    Posts: 11612

    Feb 21, 2013 4:25 AM GMT
    Your friend should put her affairs in order and prepare herself and her loved ones for facing what may well be a terminal disease. Apparently pancreatic cancer can be hard to diagnose, which is why the doctors could not do so immediately.

    You may want to do some googling and inform yourself, but many of the treatments are simply ameliorative and do not look forward to a cure.

    Neither of you has to assume the worst, but should be informed about the disease and how it is handled.

    It is a sad fact of life that we must face situations like this, but we do. Help your friend where you can. Get counseling and encourage her to do so also. Make the best of today and tomorrow. The future will take care of itself.

    I wish you the very best of luck in managing this difficult event.
  • Dan10kg

    Posts: 34

    Feb 21, 2013 9:21 AM GMT
    Although I have known 2 people to die from Pancreatic Cancer, I have known three including one who went into remission two months ago. I have had Type 1 Diabetes for 31 years and the Pancrease is a spongy thing that wraps around many organs, when going to Cemo with my friend i saw many people who would be asked things like are you drinking water every day (it flushes out the toxins, and it helps a great deal) they said no I like sode, beer, vodka. So please treat your friend well, but don't let get away with stupid acts, Diabetics have a bit of time to get over the B.S., Cancer patients need to come out fighting from the start. My Mom was stage 4, 2 years ago and she is in complete remission now, just keep fighting. I wish you and your friend my Best.
  • carew28

    Posts: 639

    Feb 21, 2013 8:02 PM GMT
    Thanks LJay and Dan10 for the replies. I've googled quite a bit of information about pancreatic cancer, so I know what my friend (actually my sister's partner) is facing. She is still coming to terms with the diagnosis. Her family is close and supportive, and that helps a lot. She and my sister will be looking at what treatments to have, and hope that they have a good outcome. And we will make the best of each day, and let the future take care of itself.

    She's always been health conscious, she's been very fit and active all her life, and eats a healthy diet, and I'll pass on the advice to drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins. It's still a bit shocking to me to imagine her coming down with this. I have so many friends, like myself, who eat a rather unhealthy diet based on fast-food, don't get enough exercise, and tend to be overweight. I guess that you never know how things will turn out. Possibly genetics have something to do with it.

    Thanks again for the replies. We all have to appreciate each day, and not take life for granted.