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what are the symptoms of Pancreatitis in the final stage?

By Anonymous February 9, 2015 - 6:53pm
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my brother whois 51 yrs. has this horrible disease. I believe he is in the final stages , , but I don't know fo sure. I would like to find out. He has bowel movements that look like coffee grins and his vomit looks just like coffee grins. I believe this is old blood am I correct? He is 6'0" and I believe he weighs about 130 lbs. He has been in bed for 4 days so far and he seems to just be getting weaker and weaker. This evening I put a call into his PC doctor, I am hoping he will put him in the hospital and than hopefully I can get some help from Hospice, if this the end of his life> Can you answer any of these questions? I would greatly appreicate any input. thank you Linda Nanna

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Thanks Maryann for that info. He had a central line put in last nite in the ICU, because his vein are so bad. He still is not getting any stronger and I really think this is the end for him. I will write again if there is anything to report on this condition. Thank you so much Linda

February 11, 2015 - 10:41am

Hello Linda,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. I am so sorry to hear that your brother has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and can appreciate how it must impact your family.

Your best resource is your brother's primary care physician. Is your brother also being treated by an oncologist? His physician knows at what stage the cancer was diagnosed and the progression of the disease. I can only give you general information.

Pancreatic cancer is broken into four stages with stage I being the earliest stage and stage IV being the most advanced (metastatic disease). Unlike many cancers, however, patients with pancreatic cancer are typically grouped into three categories, those with local disease, those with locally advanced, unresectable disease, and those with metastatic disease. Initial therapy often differs for patients in these three groups.

People in advanced stages of a terminal illness experience many similar symptoms as they approach the end of life, regardless of their illness. These include excessive sleepiness and weakness, changes in breathing presenting as rapid breathing alternating with short episodes when breathing stops, hallucinations, decreased appetite, urinary and bowel changes, lose of interest, having an elevated temperature or feeling very cold.

Anonymous, I urge you to reach out to hospice care.


February 10, 2015 - 10:04am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

this is for Maryann Gromisch, RN, Thank you for your reply to my post. My brother was hospitalized last nite and we are waiting now to hear from his PC. He does not have Pancreatitic Cancer he has Pancreatitis, Diabetes and Alcoholism. I know he cause most of his medical problems himself. No matter how much I or my Mom tell him not to eat high fatty foods that is exactly what he does. It seems that he wants help and than he does the complete opposite of help. I want to give up with helping him but my Mom said she does and than she turns around and does the exactly opposite also. I understand that he is just my brother and he is her son but there comes a time when you have to accept his condition and say enough is enough. Maryann thanks for letting me vent and for your comments. Hope all comes out well in the end. Thanks again Linda

February 10, 2015 - 11:44am
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Hello Linda,

Forgive me for mistakenly replying about pancreatic cancer instead of pancreatitis. Essentially, a person who is at the end stage of any serious medical condition will present with similar symptoms.

I am glad that you were able to vent your feelings and frustration. That is very important for your own health and well being. Will be thinking of you and your family.


February 11, 2015 - 9:59am
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