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Potential pancreatic cancer, help please!

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:28 pm
by paige_smith
Hi all I am brand new to this forum so bare with me please.
My mum has been having various symptoms over the past 7 months and I feel helpless and worried. She started off feeling dizzy and off balance then started with mid left back pain then started having left abdominal pain. And within the past few weeks she started with bad migraines and going to the toilet more and more. She’s had many blood tests, ultrasound, CT scan and endoscopy. The consultant noticed something on her liver on the CT scan but said it was nothing to worry about but never chased it up but crossed her off as being okay. So she went back to the GP and he re referred her and she saw a liver surgeon and he’s booked her in for a ultrasound and a colonoscopy. She is thinking about booking in privately for a endoscopic ultrasound, is this a good idea? As everything is taking so long on the NHS. Just feeling really helpless at the moment but I have taken comfort in the scans coming back okay.

Re: Potential pancreatic cancer, help please!

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:52 am
by Michaela1
I would have thought the CT scan would have shown up anything worrying. You can get someone else to look at the CT scan to give you a second opinion? Or just pay privately for a second opinion scan?

Re: Potential pancreatic cancer, help please!

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:35 pm
by Veema
Firstly, I'm sorry you have got all this worry. It's awful when a loved one is poorly and you just can't get to the bottom of why that might be.

I would suggest you give the nurses a ring. You can find their number at the top of the page, they will be able to point you in the right direction.

Personally, I would have thought a problem with the pancreas would have shown up on either the ultrasound or CT if not both. With regards to the liver, some people are prone to small cysts, so whatever the consultant saw may well be something you don't need to worry about. That said, I'm by no means a medical expert, so can quite understand why you would want more tests.

Try not to worry. Give the nurses a ring.


Re: Potential pancreatic cancer, help please!

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:02 pm
by PCUK Nurse Rachel R
Hi Paige

Just thought I would briefly say Hi, I'm Rachel, one of the Nurses here at the charity on the support line.

I am sorry to hear that you are going through such an anxious time at the moment with Mum.

Please don't hesitate to call or email us so that we can go through things together if this would be helpful for you - details are in the signature below.

Best wishes,

Rachel Richardson
Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurse
Support Team
Pancreatic Cancer UK
support line: 0808 801 0707