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Dad’s Pancreatic Cancer

Postby fizzylemon88 » Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:18 pm

Hi everyone,

I’m new here but have spoken to the nurses via phone which was really useful. Now I wish to reach out to the wider community.

Dad had Whipple’s to remove a pancreatic tumour they found only two months ago. His pathology results came back and although they removed the bulk of the tumour, it wasn’t contained to the pancreas and 4/16 lymph nodes removed were cancerous - so it’s started to spread. Chemotherapy is the next step.

I’m so grateful he was a candidate for the surgery, and hope this is helped to at very least extend his life, though I’m scared about prospects now it has spread. The odds are so scary but not sure if I’m being overly anxious, I’m wondering if there is still chance for a cure or if I should be preparing for the worst.

I’m remaining hopeful but sometimes I do wonder if I’m being naive. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve underestimated prognosis. It feels like time is on our side, but equally I worry about spending enough time with him if it’s running out. Perhaps I need some honesty...

PCUK Nurse Jeni
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Re: Dad’s Pancreatic Cancer

Postby PCUK Nurse Jeni » Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:16 pm

Hi There,

Welcome to the board - I hope that you will find it a welcoming and helpful place to ask questions.

Please don't hesitate to contact us should you need to - its good to hear you found your phone call useful.

Kind regards,


Jeni Jones
Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurse
Support Team
Pancreatic Cancer UK
email: nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk
support line: 0808 801 0707