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Pancreatic Cancer in my 89 yr. was posted 07/30/1999 12:27 pm by Betsy
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I am new to this web site, but have already read several messages and have had a few of my questions answered. I didn't find any posted questions quite like mine, so I thought I'd ask. My mother was just diagnosed with PC July 25, 1999. She lives in a wonderful nursing home of her choice and was a registered nurse in the adjoining hospital for most of her career. Her diagnoses came because of a blocked bile duct from a tumor on her pancreas which made her very yellow, and it caused her to be very confused. Her "short-term" memory has suffered in the last several years, but she is still a spunky, independent lady. The doctors didn't feel that she could make her own decisions as far a treatment, so that is why I am writing. My other two sisters met with her onclogist for over an hour. His mother had also died from PC. He made a comment that was welcomed to my sisters and I, but also bothersome. He said that dying of pnemonia was a lot less painful than dying of PC. I know pnemonia is treatable and that we would have to withold treatment from her. How can we live with a decision like that, even when we know that she may not live more than 6 months to a year? I have also tried to get some answers to the progression of this disease, but know one seems to be able to tell me, or the people on this message board. I guess I'm looking for someone to tell me not to feel guilty about our decisions in our mother's treatment. I know "quality of life" is an issue here. She also incurred a bladder infection this week. Normally this wouldn't be a concern, but should I be more concerned now? Do infections begin to whittle away at these people little by litte? She is also a very little lady. She is just over 100 lbs. I am reading that many patients lose a great deal of weight. Sorry this is so long, but I really had a lot of concerns. I would appreciate any responses to this message. Thank you.

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