Ductal adenocarcinoma, colloid (mucinous) type
My mother (61y) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after CT.
The cancer is 8cm and has started from the tail. She was also given a biopsy, which described the cancer as “pancreatobiliar ductal adenocarcinoma, colloid (mucinous) type”. Today she visited the doctor and they didn’t offer any hopeful prognosis. She will have heavy chemo for 3 days.
I am very confused about her diagnosis. The doctor said that the type that she has is very aggressive and that metastasis have spread in liver and lymph nodes. From what I’ve gathered from the literature, the colloid type is usually not that aggressive. Am I wrong?
Also, how is it possible that the doctor prognoses only weeks/months to live, if my mother blood tests are in order and she doesn’t have any symptoms other than ascites? She doesn’t have jaundice, weight loss, pain, nausea, fever etc. She is in great health and doesn’t have any siding illnesses.
Thank you for any feedback you can provide about this condition!