My mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last Friday, and it's been a rough last few days for the family. She is supposed to meet with the doctor today in Oklahoma City to schedule the procedure to remove the tumor. As long as it hasn't spread to her liver, lungs, etc., the procedure and a little chemo should solve the problem. We will have to wait and see, however.
The family would definitely appreciate any and all thoughts and prayers for my mom. I'll keep everyone updated.
The doctors are doing another CT Scan today in OKC, and they are talking like it may be another week or so before anything is done. In a way, I guess that's a good sign because they aren't rushing things. The family is definitely ready for the procedure to be done though.
My mom's surgery was Friday, and the doctor thinks everything went as well as possible. It was definitely cancer. They had to remove the tumor, and they also had to take out part of her intestines and stomach. He said there were a few spots left, but the chemo and radiation should clear that out. So we are much more hopeful than before, but I'm sure the road ahead is still pretty long.
On a side note, I didn't know just how bad pancreatic cancer was until I started doing research. It's called the silent killer because they don't find it in time in over 95% of the cases. Our family feels very blessed to have so many good people praying for us. Thanks everyone!
Glad to hear your mother's surgery went well. I hope she makes a full recovery and has the chance to have a long and happy life. Chemo and radiation are no fun, but if she has the support of family and friends, and a good attitude, the treatments will be far more bearable.
I know the road you're traveling, my friend. We lost my father-in-law to this disease a year and a half ago. He was diagnosed in September and passed away 2 days before Thanksgiving. But it wasn't caught until it was past doing anything much more than to make him comfortable in his final days. It sounds like your mother's wasn't too far advanced. Good luck - you'll be in my thoughts...
"A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth."
My mom is feeling much better and is starting to get up on her feet more and more each day. She is living with one of my sisters right now, and two of my other sisters also live close as well. That has made things very easy on her.
She is scheduled to meet with the doctor in Lawton in the next week or so to find out how much chemo/radiation needs to be done. So far, it's looking good that she won't need much, but you never know.
All in all, things are going as well as possible with my mom. Pancreatic cancer is rarely found early enough, so we feel pretty blessed. On that subject, my uncle was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a couple weeks after my mom, and his was in a much later stage. The news isn't nearly as good for him.