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kay2 (@kay2)

Digestive issues and pancreatic cancer

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

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@colleenyoung

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?

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Hello Colleen, thank you so much for your response. We did try calling the cancer center to see if they had an earlier scan opening, but they said nothing was available before the 12th. Her oncologist did not say she needs an urgent scan right now, but it's just our own anxiety that is causing us to think about going to the ER earlier. In fact, she has been feeling a bit better lately on her own. We're not sure if it is the right move or if it will be helpful, but our family friend doctors are telling us that the sooner you know, the sooner you can begin treating the issue- whatever the cause may be. They feel it is a gas-related issue, but the root cause is unknown. I have some reservations about the ER scan, though. I'm not sure if the pancreatic cancer radiologists will read it and/or the ER doctors have the same amount of knowledge on pancreatic cancer as the specialist oncologists. I feel their goal will just be to make sure there is nothing life threatening going on immediately and then send her home. However, my family is leaning towards going to the ER because my Mom does feel uncomfortable and though she gets hungry, she doesn't feel like eating that much because of the gas and stomach distension. Her energy level and everything else is normal. We are so confused.