Apr 08, 2005 - 8:10 am
We just found out yesterday that my Mom, in all probability, has pancreatic cancer. I'm scared to death. I'm not ready to lose her. I know it is bad though. Her doctor called me because Mom felt like she wouldn't be able to answer all the questions that I may have. They found a mass in her pancreas that measures 8 x 5.3 cm. Her doctor advised me against going on the internet. She says "take it one day at a time and stay off of the internet. It's only going to scare you". Heck! I'm scared anyway. I feel our best offense is a good defense. I'm not listening to her and I'm researching everything I can about this. In my heart I know it is advanced from reading the report even though they haven't given us a confirmed diagnosis of cancer. The doc referred us to a surgeon for a biopsy so today we will find out about scheduling for that. My Mom already said that she absolutely does not want chemo. Of course, I don't even know if that will be an option for her. From everything I read last night, surgical resection is really the only thing that will help someone with this type of cancer. Am I wrong? I also have learned that with a tumor of her size, that might not even be an option. I would appreciate any advice that someone could give us. I am so scared right now.