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I'm not sure what you mean by 'it went dead'. Is it totally numb (she can't feel it), is it totally paralyzed (she can't move it), or both? Can she move any part of it (fingers, hand/wrist, arm/elbow)?
If it suddenly happened, all at once, it sounds like a stroke. It could be unrelated to the cancer, as strokes are not uncommon in folks in their 80s.
Did she have any metastases when her pancreatic cancer was last imaged?
It is very very very very unlikely for PC to go to the brain to cause arm weakness. Sometimes it goes to the bones in the spine, and can spread to the nerves/spinal card and cause weakness. But this usually develops slowly over weeks to months, and there is usually back/shoulder pain with this (worse when sleeping/lying down).
At a minimum, I would ask if the physical therapist and occupational therapists (that should be included with all good hospice programs) could come to the house and do an evaluation and perhaps giver her some therapy/exercises. It may improve with time.
Another possibility is to see a doctor, and possibly get imaging done (the
doctor will decide). I would start with calling the oncologist and/or at
least the primary care doctor. A neurologist would be the correct doctor to
figure out what happened. Then benefit of seeing a doctor is to try to
figure out what happened, how to possibly help it improve, and what to do to
prevent another event like this from happening again.
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