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Vanessa W
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Scary times

Postby Vanessa W » Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:27 pm

My husband has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer with mets to the Liver. He's only 59 and in all other regards has been very fit and healthy thoughout his life.
We are all so shocked at his diagnosis and most anxious that after almost 3 weeks in hospital, he is now awaiting his stent to be ballooned as it was felt it hasn't opened fully. His bilirubin levels have dropped now as the jaundice has subsided.
He has a small blockage to the stomach which presumably is where the tumour is pressing so is awaiting a small bypass operation. He is nil by mouth at the moment and is being fed by food bags intavenously. He's so tired all the time from being on a low level morphine.
Chemo can't start until all the above issues are sorted.
Feel so scared and worried all the time.
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Vanessa W

PCUK Nurse Rachel R
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Re: Scary times

Postby PCUK Nurse Rachel R » Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:23 pm

Dear Vanessa

I just wanted to say hello and welcome to the forum on behalf of the nurses here on the support line. I appreciate that you would never have imagined being on a forum such as this. I do hope that you receive valuable support here from the 'forum family'.

I am very sorry to hear about your Husband's diagnosis, this must be an incredibly anxious time for you all. I do hope that your Husband's imminent procedure goes well and that he is able to start building himself up again in preparation for chemotherapy.

Please don't hesitate to contact us on the support service if we can help in any way or even if you would just like someone to listen, you are very welcome. You can contact us on our free confidential telephone support service which is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday or email us - details are on the signature below.

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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Re: Scary times

Postby Essee11 » Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:20 pm

Hi Vanessa
My dad is a similar age and was diagnosed early sept.
Like your husband he had to have emergency surgery due to blockage caused by the cancer in his intestines.
He had a great appetite up until the surgery but it’s been terrible since.
I’m not sure if that is normal or some problem with the surgery. Chemo was delayed 2 weeks but he has just had his 3rd round now.

PCUK Nurse Jeni
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Re: Scary times

Postby PCUK Nurse Jeni » Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:09 am

Hi Essee,

Welcome to the forums - a place you would rather not have to visit I am sure, but I hope that it is useful in learning about other peoples stories.

My name is Jeni, and I am one of the nurses working on the support line.

Please do feel free to contact us on the support line should you need to Essee. We can talk through your dad's issues with you then also. Our phone details are in the signature below.

We are also running a series of virtual support sessions on various topics, including nutrition. You can have a look at what is available here, and can register also via the same link:

https://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/sup ... t-session/

Kind regards,

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