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What is the life expectancy for pancreatic cancer?


my husbands ex wife is a five year survivor from stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Oct 11th this year she went for her tumor marker test to find it elevated to 45...test was repeated on Nov 15 and came in as 186....CT scans along with needle biobsy, and PET scan shows that the cancer is back and as of Dec 21 her marker level has jumped to 257....the cancer has metastisized to the liver and there is a 2 mm and growing tumor on the tip...so far no other spots have been found....the only symptoms she has is the fact that she is tired and her hips hurt really bad...Drs have said no surgery but are beginning chemo in quadrouple drugs on jan 3rd...followed by a pump to be repeated for 2 months...then they want to scan again and look for more spots...they have said this is an aggresive tumor...I believe they are just trying to pacifiy her by saying that they would not be optimistic under normal conditions but they are because she was in remission for so long...what is usually the life expectancy under... my husbands ex wife is a five year survivor from stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Oct 11th this year she went for her tumor marker test to find it elevated to 45...test was repeated on Nov 15 and came in as 186....CT scans along with needle biobsy, and PET scan shows that the cancer is back and as of Dec 21 her marker level has jumped to 257....the cancer has metastisized to the liver and there is a 2 mm and growing tumor on the tip...so far no other spots have been found....the only symptoms she has is the fact that she is tired and her hips hurt really bad...Drs have said no surgery but are beginning chemo in quadrouple drugs on jan 3rd...followed by a pump to be repeated for 2 months...then they want to scan again and look for more spots...they have said this is an aggresive tumor...I believe they are just trying to pacifiy her by saying that they would not be optimistic under normal conditions but they are because she was in remission for so long...what is usually the life expectancy under a situation like this and is it possible that it could be in her bones by the pain she is showing in her hips...although an ex wife we do get along quite well and I am interested in what the kids may need to be prepared for in the future



Tue, 22 Sep 2015
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hello dear. I have read your question. The usual survival in a metastatic cancer pf pancreas is 8 to 11 months with treatment. However in this case it appears a little low as her performance status (fitness) is also poor. Hope you understand. regards
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