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Carolyn was posted 12/31/1998 11:43 am by mb
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Carolyn, since you are not losing weight, your Dr. will probably assume it is not cancer, I know there are some cases where the person has not lost weight, but with PC that is uncommon-- Probably I would want some pancreatic functioning tests done such as blood sugar( fasting) and amylase. Also, I would want to investigate what is causing the fullness after eating small amounts--ultrasound/upper GI/endoscopy etc. Your internist will know exactly what to do, but I would also explain your family history to him, as well as your concern that this is what you are afraid could be going on. In talking with my own Dr. she was quite understanding of my fear of cancer, especially with it in the family, (my dad had pc)and explained to me why she thought my own abdominal pain was not PC--(turns out I had a small ulcer and inflamation of the esophagus--probably stress related considering the last year of my life...) Anyway, my own personal thought is that you are fine with an internist, and you don't need an oncologist right at the moment, again I am not a Dr. but a nurse---and I do realize PC is difficult to diagnose, but I also know with a fear of lawsuits etc. Dr.s tend to err on the side of too much testing, so anyway, I would most definitely talk to my Dr. and not go in demanding things, but explain your need to have your questions answered, and your mind put at ease... it sounds like a Dr. you've had before and someone you trust so that is good. I want you to know also, I most definitely understand your fear that it could be pc, and I certainly hope for your sake that it isn't, again the simple fact that you aren't losing weight and you've experienced pain for 6 months is a good sign...I hope I've answered more of your questions--let me know if you have any more. When are you seeing the Dr. again? take care--Marcie

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