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Mass on pancreas was posted 10/10/2017 06:39 am by Anonymous
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Yes the biopsy is called EUS. It's done by a specialized GI. You have to be sedated and because your older anesthesia is always a risk. There is no guarantee that you will get a definite diagnosis after biopsy as it still maybe inconclusive even with cancer. I've had surgery and was way younger that you and I'm still recovering 3 1/2 years later. It's a brutal surgery. I say all of this not to scare you but to be honest. Ultimately the choice is yours but if you were my grandma and I had gone through pancreatic cancer I would advise against surgery.

The questions to ask yourself is what do you want to do with the rest of your life? If you became incapacitated after surgery are you willing to take that risk? If you did nothing would you be at peace with your decision?

Ask the dr what are the pros and cons of doing the EUS, surgery, chemo,radiation? Bring a family member or friend that can take notes and ask questions if you get stuck. If you don't like the dr find another one.

It's a tough decision for anyone but please don't take this the wrong way. You made it to 87! That's a lot to celebrate. 97 would be even better but you need to make a decision as to whether or not you want quality of life or quantity of life (even though you may be ill the entire time.

Don't hesitate to ask more questions. Please keep us updated.

Good luck. May blessings fall upon you. May you find the wisdom to face this challenge and make the best decision for you!



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