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Has cancer of the Pancreas that has spread to the liver and lungs. Medical cure for this?

Hi, my Mother in Law has cancer of the Pancreas that has spread to the liver and lungs. She has lost a lot of weight and in the last 5 days has gone from having pale skin colour to being very badly Jaundiced. At what stage of this particular cancer does the jaundice happen and what normally happens from now on with this cancer. As she is my Mother In Law I don't want to interfere but I lost my own mum 7 yrs ago from Overian cancer, so I just want to be strong and supportive for my husband and family.
Asked On : Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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Oncologist, Radiation 's  Response
Welcome to healthcaremagic.
Pancreas cancer that has spread to ling and liver is stage 4 diseases and unfortunately outcome is very poor for this stage.
Jaundice an start in this stage at any time.
Main problem she will be facing are pain,jaundice ,fluid in abdomen.

There are strong pan medications like morphine which can help her. For jaundice she might need stenting to bypass biliary obstruction.
Palliative chemotherapy or targeted therapy(tarceva) can be a option if she is in condition to tolerate treatment.
Hope this answers your query.
Answered: Tue, 7 May 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein's  Response
Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to Healthcare magic. Thank you for your querry.

I am sorry about your mil and this serious diagnosis. This is terminal stage of malignant disease and unfortunately it is hard to talk about prognosis. Jaundice is usually bad prognostic sign and the only therapy is palliative and must be based on pain relief, prevent ascites and improve heart and lung function.Yousshould continue to fight and you must give her all possible support. Unfortunately not many people survive more than 6 months in this stage. WIsh you good health.
Answered: Fri, 3 May 2013
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