I am terrified about my mom MRI MRCP test results
My mom just turned 79 last week. In Dec 2020, she had a minor stroke. Late July of 2022, she had another minor stroke. No serious damage. She could walk on her own. However, she lost her appetite and has had fatigue. These are common among stroke survivors.
Last week, she had mild fever and fatigue. So, I took her to the hospital. They first took the CT of her head to make sure no stroke. The doctor then pressed on her tummy and she said she felt pain on the right side. Dr ordered x-ray. Did not see anything. He then ordered ultrasound and it was normal. He then ordered the HIDA cause he suspected that she has gallstone. It came back negative. Yesterday, he ordered the MRI MCRP and this show a mass on the head of her pancreas. Based on his experience, he thinks it's more likely cancer.
I am devastated right now. I took her to the hospital out of concern for her stroke but now facing my worst fear: pancreatic cancer.
I understand that biopsy is the only definite test but the world is crashing down on me. I am hoping either the doctor is wrong or cancer is caught early enough so it's treatable.
She has no symptoms except for the loss of appetite and fatigue, but these are common among stroke survivors like her.
The hospital she is staying is running out of things they could do. So, they suggest my mom to be transferred to USC or the Huntington Memorial. I am guessing the next step will be biopsy. My questions are:
1. can the biopsy be done via EUS or something other tests? I just want her to have the test as soon as possible.
2. Any recommendation on how to get the biopsy done ASAP in Los Angeles metropolitan area?
3. Can the EUS tell if the mass is cancerous right away or we still have to wait for a few weeks?
4. Since my mom is 79 and just 2 minor stroke, will she be a candidate for Whipple? Is there any one in this forum who had Whipple at age closer to hers?