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Pancreas CancerReply was posted 03/17/2018 12:34 pm by Anonymous
If they say that she has cancer, an oncologist (cancer doctor) that
specializes in the pancreas should come and see her right now, while she is
in the hospital. You should talk with this doctor extensively about why they
think it is cancer, what the biopsies showed, ask if a second opinion is
needed, ask for advice on advancing her diet, ask if any other imaging is
needed (CT of the lungs? PET scan?), ask why they think the tumor markers are
lower now if this is cancer. If it is cancer, which type of pancreatic
cancer (there are multiple types), how it should be treated. Let them know
you want to bring her to your town, and ask them to help get her there. Ask
for doctor recommendations in your area.
Ask that a gastroenterologist and nutritionist come see her now to give
advice on how to advance her eating, how to manage her eating/diet/meds
ongoing because she no longer has a gall bladder and because of her pancreas
I completely agree that medications and terrible sleep/interruptions at night
in the hospital are probably causing her confusion. Ask if a palliative care
doctor can come see her. They can help simplify her medicines, give more
nutrition advice, help treat her pain more efficiently, give advice on her
treatment course so she feel as good as possible, and help your mom think
about her new diagnosis and what she wants to do.
Thank you for taking such good care of your parent. I'm so sorry you have to
deal with this.
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