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Digestive issues and pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic Cancer | Last Active: Sep 15, 2022 | Replies (29)

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Hello everyone, my Mom got diagnosed with Stage IA pancreatic cancer in July 2020. She had the Whipple, but unfortunately, the cancer came up in her peritoneum in Dec 2021. She had a minor surgery to remove the recurrent nodules in the abdomen and has been NED until July of this year, which revealed another sub centimeter nodule in the peritoneum as well as a 1.3 cm local recurrence in the pancreatic bed.

Moreover, since the beginning of August, her stomach has become distended- specifically, the upper abdomen. She has gained weight, but recently her appetite began falling as well because she feels uncomfortable due to her stomach. Her stomach is not gigantic, but it's definitely a noticeable change compared to how she looked in July. Her general practitioner, as well as a family friend doctor, have examined her and told us ascites is very unlikely given the localized nature of the distension and the various physical tests on her. Otherwise, her energy level is the same and is carrying on with normal activities. We are scheduled for her regular CT scan on Sep 12, but we are thinking of taking her to the ER for a scan earlier, as we are all very concerned if this is cancer related and the fact that she is feeling uncomfortable. We have been told it could also be a pancreatic enzyme issue related to digestion or a combination of different things. Has anyone else experienced something like this?

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I'm sorry to hear that your mom's digestive issues continue. I'm glad that further investigations have been ordered.

I moved your pancreatic cancer and GI-related posts to this existing discussion:
- Digestive issues and pancreatic cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/digestive-issues-1

I did this so you can read the previous helpful posts and connect easily with fellow members like @beachdog @kay2 @charliegolfrep @buckslayer @chemobile @wrolsen @kamnorris2

You may also be interested in these related discussions:
– Pancreatic enzyme replacement https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pancreatic-enzyme-replacement/
– Help…need guidance on eating after whipple https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/help-need-guidance-on-eating-after-whipple/

Might you request an earlier scan at the cancer center rather than going to ER? Did her doctor think that she needs to be seen urgently?