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Rose was posted 06/30/2010 05:50 pm by Mary Y - PA
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Rose,

Reading medical reports are really scary and ominous especially if you are not familiar with medical phraseology and jargon -- by piecemealing this report as you have, you may -- without realizing it -- be blowing your situation way out of proportion and unnecessarily scaring the bejeebers out of you. Radiological reports alot of time are extremely detailed to report every little spot they see so that no stone is left unturned and it is used as a roadmap so to speak to give your doctors indications of POSSIBLE areas of trouble. This in no way means that every little item is a cancerous lesion, cyst or tumor. For example, Adhesions (scarring from previous operations) can appear on this report as a lesion or cyst.

That is not to say you don't have a reason to be worried, but we are not doctors and are not qualified to diagnose your condition. Nor do I think you'd really want to hang your hat on an online response.

What I recommend you do is the following:

On your next appointment with your doctor take a written list of all your symptoms, questions and concerns and make sure he spends the time to address each and every item on your list. If your doctor won't take the time to do this, find a doctor who will. Even if he does address each issue and you still don't feel comfortable, get a second opinion.

Until your appointment, take a deep breath and calm down. Reading and rereading this report and anticipating things that may not even exist can and will make you sick with anxiety. Try taking your mind off of what may or may not be by going to a movie, spending time with friends or even take a good book into a bubble bath with you and lose yourself in the story.

Realize that until there is a definitive diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer, your symptoms could fit numerous other diseases. I don't prescribe to the philosophy: Pray for the best but expect the worse.

And, even if you are diagnosed with PC, it doesn't necessarily mean it's the end of the world. I'm a five-year survivor of Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma and there are numerous others here who have survived even longer. In other words, we'll help you cross that bridge when you get to it.

As far as itching -- unless your bile duct is blocked, it could be something as minor as poison ivy or an allergic reaction to a new detergent, soap, etc. or I really hate to think this, but it may be a reaction to your anxiety. I would have this checked out by your PCP.

Rose, I really am praying that you get the answers you so justly deserve to allay your fears as quickly as possible; but until such time, understand that worrying about something you can do nothing about at this very minute in time is definitely not going to help you get better.

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