Prognosis Question

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Prognosis Question

by Barnstable on Mon Apr 15, 2019 06:48 PM

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Does anyone have experience with survival statistics for someone who has been diagnosed with Stage 3 pancreatic cancer and turned down chemotherapy and radiation?  25% of the lymph nodes removed from her abdomen were "hot" after going through The Whipple. Her oncologist said it was 80% probable that the cancer would return within the year.  She's healthy otherwise.  Any experience?  Thoughts?

RE: Prognosis Question

by PunkyD on Tue Apr 16, 2019 07:00 AM

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I'm so sorry to hear about this diagnosis. Unfortunately, I have experience with pancreatic cancer. I lost my Mom to it almost 6 years ago. They discovered her cancer by chance, in the early stages. She went through surgery (not the whipple) and treatments. She lived fairly well for the next year or two, bu then it came back, and she went through treatments again. From diagnosis till the end, she lived for 4 years, which is considered a long time. Her quality of life was pretty good. Unfortunately, the survivial statistics for all stages are in the single digits. It is the kind of cancer that very often returns. I'm sorry that I don't have any more positive thoughts. As for treatments, it is very personal. It depends a lot on a person's age, physical condition, and feelings about quantity vs. quality of life. 

As for the survivial statistics of someone diagnosed with Stage 3, and turned down treatments, it's hard to know. Nobody knows. Everyone is different. 

Despite what I've said above, there are always exceptions and new treatments coming out. Never stop losing hope and everyone should choose and do what is best for them! There are long term survivors on this board. Maybe they can share their experiences. 

Punky

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