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Dad facing diagnosis, metastas was posted 02/28/2015 01:24 am by Anonymous
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We are facing a pancreatic cancer diagnosis for my dad. My family is reeling, and we are currently waiting for a definitive biopsy (to be performed next Thursday) to determine what type of cancer we are facing. There is some question as to the diagnosis because there are nodules in his lungs which are very cavitary rather than solid, so, not typical of pancreatic cancer metastases. These nodules are also very small, with the largest under 2mm. A brush biopsy of the pancreatic tumor performed during a procedure to insert a stent (the tumor was obstructing his bile duct), was 'inconclusive/negative' because it does not seem that the pancreatic tumor has invaded the duct. His CA 19-9 level is also lower than the doctors would expect for the amount of metastasis seen in his lungs... we still feel like there are so many unknowns, but we are preparing for a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Does anyone have experience with this location for metastasis?

I would so appreciate any advice you have for this journey. It is overwhelming to be learning so much as you go. Right now, my biggest concern is helping him get a good night's sleep. While he is not experiencing pain, there is some indigestion and reflux around bedtime, and I think he is dealing with depression (which we just learned can be brought on by the pancreatic tumor) and a lot of anxiety as he faces the reality of cancer and treatment options. He is very worried about chemotherapy's side effects.

Any advice is much appreciated!

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