What to expect when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and not getting treatment
January 1, 2011 2:20 PM Subscribe
My wife's grandmother has pancreatic cancer and is not getting treated. What can she (the grandmother) expect?
posted by meta_eli to health & fitness (15 answers total)
Now, my wife doesn't exactly know what PC stage Grandma is. I think in general with PC they have to do exploratory surgery to find out and since she's 87, they're not going to. Also, it's fair to assume that someone told Grandma what to expect but Grandma may have decided to forget what they told her.
What we do know: She's 87. She found out she had PC after she became jaundiced because of a blocked bile duct and has since had a stent put in. Before being diagnosed, she had been losing weight, lost her appetite, etc. She's a former smoker but hasn't smoked in decades. She's a diabetic and had problems recently controlling her insulin levels.
What we want to know: What happens next?