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mary was posted 12/01/1997 02:06 pm by janet
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You can read up on pancreatic cancer at UPenn Oncolink. Ask the doctor about the stage of her cancer and what kind of treatment options she has. See if she's eligible for any clinical trials (you can call NIH at 18004cancer, they are a fountain of information, including physician referrals) and most of all make sure she likes the doctor. Don't let the doctor intimidate you from asking questions -- if he or she does go get another opinion (which isn't a bad idea in any case). My mom's first oncologist refused to answer any of our questions and totally intimiadated her, with the result that she became very discouraged. She's up in years, too, and her prognosis is not good, but there are treatments they can give her. We found another doctor who is very upbeat and seems to genuinely care about my mom, and to us that is the most important requirement of all. Good luck.

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