Pancreatic Cancer from the Philippines
Dear Dr. Teo,
My god parent named NC suffered from a severe pain on his stomach thinking that he was just acidic. After a week the pain became unbearable so they decided to go to the hospital to consult a doctor. Due to the severe pain, a CT scan was done last April 7,2015: Iimpression was : CONSIDER A PANCREATIC HEAD MASS: RULE OUT NEOPLASTIC PROCESS/MALIGNANCY. RESULTANT BILIARY TRACT AND PANCREATIC DUCTAL DILATATION IS EVIDENT. UNENLARGED LYMPH NODES, Upper RETROPERITONEAL AREA HYDROPIC GALLBLADDER WITH SLUDGE FORMATION AND DIFFUSE NON-SPECIFIC WALL THICKENING, ATHEROMATOUS AORTA.
Based from the CT Scan. the doctor gave us 3 choices:
1st an OPERATION to remove the tumor 2nd an ENDOSCOPY and 3rd DON’T DO ANYTHING BUT WAIT UNTIL THE PATIENT DIE..
my father had chosen the first choice which is an operation .
He was admitted to the hospital last April 16.. The operation was held at Apr 18… After five hours of waiting… the doctor explained… that the tumor was too big and damages other internal organs so it is not resectable.. They did not able to remove the tumor. If they will insists to remove it, the patient will die according to them. Since there were areas damaged and blocked by the tumor, the doctor made a way for fluids to flow.. They even saw a discoloration on the liver so they got a sample from it for a biopsy purpose which will served according to them as a confirmation that he has a pancreatic cancer.
Due to the result of the operation, the next step that they will do if daddy will fully recover after a month is that a CHEMO-RADIATION then a Chemotherapy. .. If the tumor will respond on these processes, meaning the tumor will decrease its size, that will be the time to held another operation.
We as his family member do not know what exactly the right thing to do about this matter… is it alright to have another operation after all what he experienced? What would be the best thing to do? Hope you could help us. We will be totally indebted to you Doc if we will overcome this situation…
Reply: It is very hard for me to help people from faraway places …you are in the Philippines and I am in Malaysia. What can I do?