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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What is the treatment for pancreatic cancer?

My brother has pancreatic cancer, he was diagnosed two months ago. He has two clots one in his left bottom leg and one on his lung. Every few days he gets a fever. What does it mean? How long do you think he will survive? He is 60 years old and has lost over 20 pounds.

Tue, 20 May 2014
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You have not mentioned the stage of pancreatic cancer. Has he undergone surgery?
Treatment options include surgery (if resectable), chemotherapy and/ or radiotherapy.
I would be able to better comment on treatment and prognosis once I know the stage of disease.
Pancreatic cancer is known to be associated with increase clotting tendency and the clots (thrombosis) in lungs (pulmonary embolism) and leg (DVT) is because of that. He needs to be placed on anticoagulants to resolve the clot and prevent further clotting.

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