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how do you know how far is your pancreas cancer and is it bad

By Anonymous May 28, 2009 - 3:10pm
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Pancreatic cancer can be one of the serious forms of cancer and that is why it is also called as "silent killer". Abrupt weight loss, loss of appetite, pain in the upper abdomen, changes in the stool and urine color are some major symptoms. Pancreatic cancer screening programs are available nowadays. May be you could find such help for your father to get cured.
My best wishes for him to get well soon.

December 1, 2009 - 12:51am
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My sister died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 69. I am having problems some symtoms she had she was losing weight for the first time in her life. I am not losing weight but very bloated much pain in my stomach area, much gas. My doctor sent me to a gastrointestinal doctor wh told me to take malox every day. he never examined me or touched me. I still have a lot of pain it stops me in my tracks sometime. I am scared I saw what my sister went through. Yesterday was my 65th birthday. I am getting into that age. What should I do Thank you Sharon

August 4, 2009 - 8:18pm
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Hello Sharon - I was reviewing some of the posts on EmpowHer and found your comment. I was sorry to hear that you sister died from pancreatic cancer, and can understand your worry and concern. Are you still having stomach pain? Did you ever seek treatment? I hope you will write back to us and let us know how you're doing.
Take good care,

November 26, 2009 - 6:44pm

You can also refer to the American Cancer Society's website for information about how the cancer is staged, click here. As Alysia said above, only your oncologist can tell you about your specific stage of cancer, after performing diagnostic testing.

However, the link above can explain the types of stages, and the severity and 5-year survival rates, of each stage, in which you (or your family member that you are inquiring for) can use for an in-depth discussion with the doctor.

What information do you have currently, and is this question for you, or someone else?

May 28, 2009 - 7:29pm

Only your oncologist can tell you that.

Are you the patient? If so, when were you diagnosed and how are you doing?

May 28, 2009 - 7:20pm
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Anonymous (reply to alysiak)

no my father is.. the cancer has spread to his liver..we have him at home now ...waiting

June 30, 2009 - 10:30am
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Hi, Anon, and thank you for your question.

What does your father's doctor say, Anon? Has she or he given you any idea?

Pancreatic cancer, as you know, is a very serious cancer, and spreading to the liver isn't a good sign. Did the doctors send him home with family? It sounds like the situation is dire. Are they recommending any further chemotherapy or radiation? Or, if not, if they feel like his time is short, have they talked to you about hospice?

Is your father comfortable? Does he have a doctor or physician's assistant managing his pain?

June 30, 2009 - 10:33am
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