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My name is Gill. My mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Thursday 28th May 2020. She has a 3 cm tumour in her pancreas with lesions on her liver and also on her stomach lining. It is inoperable. She was in hospital for 2 weeks with clots on her lungs before she was told her diagnosis.

At the moment she is at home, not eating much and is in some pain. We want to try and build her strength up and look at the possibility of chemotherapy if she is able to have it.

Can anyone give me some advice on how to help her build her strength and if there is any ways I can help get through this dreadful time.

Many thanks


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PCUK Nurse Lisa

Dear Gill,

Welcome to the Pancreatic Cancer UK forum, I hope you will find good support here. My name is Lisa and I am one of the specialist nurses working at the charity and am sorry to read of your mum's recent diagnosis. I am sure these are really difficult times for you and your family.

We have some really good publications about pancreatic cancer that we could send out to you, including one on diet. I will leave you my details at the bottom here and you can perhaps email me directly and I can arrange for some booklets to be sent to you. I wonder if you wanted to, you could also call and speak with me or one of my colleagues on the support line?

In the meantime Gill, we know that a lot of people with pancreatic cancer struggle to maintain their weight and appetite can be a problem. Did she have the opportunity to speak with a dietician when she was in hospital? There are not usually any 'do not have' foods and calories are generally king, as long as there are no other problems. Do you want to call or email to discuss this further? It may be preferable rather than going into personal details here?

Our support line is open Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm - you can call the Freephone number: 0808 801 0707 or you can email us on nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk

With best wishes,


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