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My Dad was diagnosed in January


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Its been a heck of a few months - Dad was diagnosed in January after he became visibly jaundiced and finally told family GP about the change in toilet habits. Had a stent fitted and jaundice subsided. We were initially told my dad was a candidate for surgery - but there has been spread to some nodes and this is no longer and option - was told he would be a candidate for chemo then - and as he was strong enough and a decent weight - he could have the stronger treatment. He has a telephone consultation with Oncologist next tuesday - but no idea when treatment will start and  he is getting progressively weaker and weaker - hasnt eaten properly for about 2 wks now - after a laporoscopy to see if the cancer was still operable - he is getting angry with me and my mum when we try and chase anything up for him - I think he thinks we are wishing ill health on him. I just don't know what to do - its been 4 months and with the exception of being prescribed PERT - he has had zero medical treatment 

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PCUK Ellie

Hi Zinky1976,

It sounds like it's been a very difficult few months for your family with the waiting and uncertainty. I'm sure this is something lots of people on the forum can relate to. Hopefully Tuesday's appointment will provide some answers, but if you'd like information or support before then, you can always contact the Pancreatic Cancer UK Support Line and speak with one of our specialist nurses. You can call 0808 801 0707, or email nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk

We're running online support sessions you may be interested in, including one on PERT and nutrition that might be particularly relevant if your Dad is struggling with eating. Anger and other changes in mood, while understandable, can be really tough on family members - this is why we also run an informal online 'Cuppa' that's just for the loved ones of someone with pancreatic cancer. You can find out more about all these sessions at www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/onlinesupportsessions.

Best wishes,


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