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On treatment for pancreatic cancer, has distended abdomen, CA spread to liver. Suggestions?

Hi My 78 year old friend has cancer of the pancreas . Treated with laser surgery , then chemo , most recently radiation. A week ago she developed a distended abdomen it appears to be ascities and that the CA has spread to the liver. She went for paracentiesis today. Her oncologist gieves her no info, no prognosis however she has been given a diet designed to kill her even if she did not have cancer. How can I help her find MD with more holistic approach? MB RN
Asked On : Sat, 19 Jan 2013
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Before going to discuss your case I want to comment on another important issue. Cancer sometime can be cured and if it is not in a stage where cure is possible then quality of life is the major issue which should be given prime importance. Cancer of pancreas unfortunately has grave prognosis unless detected very early. As you mentioned , your patient has developed ascities and liver metastasis. This signify very advanced stage. It is not clear to me what chemotherapy was used to treat her disease but at present probably there is very little options left for radical treatment. Best way to treat her condition conservatively. I can not give positive words regarding her prognosis, I am soory for that. At present it is better for you to consult a palliative care specialist who can address your problem in a more rational and holistic approach. Take care of your friend.
Answered: Tue, 22 Jan 2013
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