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Updade: Moms Pancreatic Cance was posted 05/30/2015 01:27 pm by Jeff
E-mail Address: jt_2_email@yahoo.com

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Hi everyone,

Thank you for all of your assistance, kind words, and prayers. I posted a message about a week ago regarding my mother and after more tests and appointments I wanted to update the followers.

We had an appointment with Dr. Donahue (UCLA) on Thursday and he was very confident there was a mass on the pancreas possibly extending to the portal vein and had to remove it. He said the original CT scan was not taken well because since it was possibly spread to the portal vein, the contrast was not done with proper timing on the CT scan. She was sent to take a second CT scan to correct the timing of the contrast error. That same day she also had a PET scan which they said there was sign of something there as a mass, possibly cancer.

Upon the results from the second CT scan the UCLA radiologist stated there is a confirmed mass and there is a possibility this could be a serous clot. What is a serous clot and what does it mean for my mother? Does anyone know if this is a common mistake for cancer diagnosis? I am very hopeful it is not cancer after hearing this news from the doctor. It is hard because I don't want to get my hopes up too high then have them be wrong.

Her pancreatic mass is 6.6cm which is very large. According to the doctor her blood work looks good and has no signs of it being spread to the liver or lungs. Her Amylase blood test came out as 36. Im hoping that is a good sign as well.

She is scheduled for a second opinion on Monday at City of Hope. She is also scheduled for a biopsy on Wednesday. Is there any other input or advice on where to go from here? Any advice from previous experiences is much appreciated. We are continuing to pray!

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