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Pancreatic cancer with lung secondaries


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Hi there,

My sister in law (aged 48) was diagnosed with a pancreatic tumor back in June with secondary lung cancer. Thankfully it hadn't spread to anywhere else but was quite bad in the lungs. She was started straight away on Folfirinox. After 6 rounds her ct scan showed a reduction in the pancreatic tumor but no real improvement in the lungs even though her physical symptoms seemed to suggest an improvement (less coughing and less need to use oxegen). The oncologist is flummoxed as he says he has never seen anyone present with only secondaries in the lungs when the primary cancer is in the pancreas. She started into another 6 rounds of Folfirinox at the beginning of September and two weeks ago had a lung biopsy from 3 places. Since the surgery her lungs have badly deteriorated and she is back using oxegen almost full time. The oncologist has now made the decision to change the chemo to weekly doses of abraxane gemcitabine to try and help the lungs improve but keeps reiterating that they've never seen a case like this before. I'm just wondering if anyone has any similar experience of pancreatic cancer only having spread to the lungs?

Kind regards,


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PCUK Nurse Rachel R

Hi Maryjd

I'm Rachel, one of the nurses that works on the support line. I just wanted to respond to your post to welcome you to the forum, I do hope that you'll find valuable support here.

I am sorry to hear of your SIL's diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, I imagine this must be a very anxious time for you all.

We do often hear of pancreatic cancer spreading to the lungs unfortunately so I'm not completely clear in what context your SIL's Oncologist is speaking. If you did wish to chat about this a little further then please don't hesitate to give us a call - details are in the signature below, you're also very welcome to email also.

I do hope that your SIL's condition improves soon.

Kind wishes,


Rachel Richardson

Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurse

Support Team

Pancreatic Cancer UK

email: nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk

support line: 0808 801 0707

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Hi Maryjd

My husband's cancer spread to the lungs initially. It was a good few months before it spread elsewhere. I hope the new regime helps.


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