Just found out my SIL has Pancreatic Cancer........

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by laura81655, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. laura81655

    laura81655 New Member

    Hello all, My sister-in-law, Hallie has Stage I pancreatic cancer. I have known her for almost 30 years. My husband and I are in shock mode right now. I am just sick about it.

    The doctor said that it hasn't spread into the liver but she will have a consultation with the Surgeon tomorrow to see if it is operable.

    I have been reading about the low survival rate of this type of cancer even if the tumor is removed. I don't quite understand this if they can operate and prevent it from spreading.

    Does anyone have any insight about this?

    Thank you,

  2. redtex

    redtex New Member

    his was not operable. part of the problem is the pancreas is very soft tissue and is hard to sew up. he went to a specialist in san antonio,texas and got what they call cyber knife treatment. they implant a chip in the tumor so very intense radiation can go to just the tumor and destroy it and not any of the surrounding tissue. he is doing good now 3 months after the treatment. he was told about this treatment at m d anderson cancer hospital in houston. it is a new treatment and has only been available for the pancreas for a year or so. he is also taking chemo and had to radically change his diet to mostly fruits and veggies. there is a theory that long term use of asprin type drugs can contribute to this kind of cancer. hope this will help.
  3. mlrarr

    mlrarr New Member

    I knew a girl at our church that had it. Her mother had it also. At the same time!!!
    Although sue had stage three, I think, her mother had only stage one. Sue died and her mother is completely cured!!! They cought it in time!!
    Needless to say it was a sad and happy time for everyone.
    There is always hope. Try to keep positive. We will keep you in our thoughts.
  4. laura81655

    laura81655 New Member

    I do feel more optimistic after reading both of your posts. It is good to know that they are finding new ways to treat this type of cancer.
    She is going to UCSD, teaching and medical hospital, which has a good reputation.

    Thanks so much,

  5. jake123

    jake123 New Member

    With the doctor saying it is Stage I hopefully it can be treated. I lost my stepdad to pancreatic cancer and it was quick - about 4 weeks. If there is a heaven, he is there. I miss him so much.
  6. FM_DD

    FM_DD New Member

    Laura, my husband is a colon cancer survivor. During his chemo and surgery I used the cancer message board, they may have more info there.

    Good luck and I will keep her in my prayers.

  7. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    ....but I know well the shock of this kind of diagnosis, having been dx'd with leukemia in March. I am so sorry to hear your news.

    Remember that statistics don't tell it all....as they are made up of all kinds of folks. Your SIL may have started out in much better shape than some of the folks factoring into the statistics.

    Read as much as you can, as her close family. My hubby does this for me, learns all he can about the disease, the latest research and current clinical trials. She may not be able to do this....frankly I'm not, as the patient; I need to insulate myself a little to keep in survival mode. So thankfully, my husband does what I'm not always able to let myself do.

    Find the best doctors you can, with the latest techniques, even if it means traveling. Get second opinions. My Blue Cross HMO has been incredible with covering second opinions and encouraging me to go to the best facilities out there (in my case for a stem cell transplant). Learn what hospitals near your SIL, or even away from, are noted for their cutting edge pancreatic cancer care. The WEB is great for this, but also use her insurance company. One thing I've learned is, an "HMO" should she have one, is very different when you get cancer, and I mean that in a good way; a different level of care takes over.

    Again, I can really sympathize, Laura, I am so sorry for your whole family. But really----start the research as soon as you and your hubby can, that proactive energy really helps you DO something for her.

    Keep us posted...I'll say a prayer for you and her!

  8. laura81655

    laura81655 New Member

    and a SURVIVOR I might add.... I think of you often and hope you are getting through your own battle. Thank God for your loving husband and family, where would we all be without the support!

    Luckily for Hallie her brother is a surgeon and he knows about the surgeon she will be seeing tomorrow and had very good things to say about him.

    You are right about researching everything, Knowledge is power. I am e-mailing info to her husband, and trying to help the best I can.

    Thanks again, bless you...

  9. tandy

    tandy New Member

    Thats terrible news~
    ...like others have said, many cancers are having better and better results with a cure in sight for some.
    It does'nt Have to be a death sentence.
    Its none the less very scarey and I pray for her, and your strength to get you both thru this.

    What sent her to the drs?? do you know
    what symptoms? ( I always hafta ask when I hear something like this) ??? curious is all
  10. laura81655

    laura81655 New Member

    She was having diarreah and abdominal pain,some weight loss also. I was thinking it seemed like IBS. Well, that's what I would think dealing with Fibro... They did an MRI first and found nothing. She had to wait three more weeks for the endoscopy which found the mass.

    You are right, far more successful treatments now than in the past.


  11. Dlebbole

    Dlebbole New Member

    I'm sorry for your SIL. In addition to whatever treatment they advise, my oncologists at MD Anderson are saying that there are clinical trials in effect to see if the spice turmeric can help with pancreatic cancer. My mom died of pancreatic cancer in 1996. I hope the progress since that time will help your loved one. Diane
  12. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    try and rest up and be there for sil...she will need everyone's moral support.....

    help her keep on fighting...

  13. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    Can be helped to even cure rate these days so I have heard. Praying for you.

    Love Anne C