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    Something showed up on my CT scan

    I am 48 years old and in excellent health. I have had hpylori for the past month and ws being treated for that. I couldn't take the flagyl and it was making me very sick. I went to the ER to get fluids and they ran a CT scan of my abdomen and a soft tissue density showed up on the head of my pancreas. I had another CT scan on my pancreas with contrast and they said something is going on in the head of my pancreas and they don't know what it is cause they can't tell if its my pancreas of the lymph nodes in that area. They also said the radiologist didn't size whatever it is. I have to see a specialist to have a andoscope or biopsy.

    I have never smoked or drank or used drugs. I am not diabetic nor do I have diabtes. No one in my family has ever had pancreatic cancer.

    Also, I had blood work in april and my liver and pancreatic enzymes were normal. Also, they ER room done blood work the night I went and my liver and pancreatic enzymes were normal.

    Needless to say I am now terrified.

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    hillbilly, stay calm and positive. It's important to have the biopsy done so you will know what they may or may not be seeing. I know it's a scare but until you know for certain do not stress yourself out. Another reason to stay positive - your blood work is normal. Good luck and have that biopsy done asap.

    btw, you have come to a great forum for support and info but get that biopsy before you read all of the experiences you will find on the forum. POSITIVE!

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    If there's an anomaly on the scan they'll want a tissue diagnosis to know what they're dealing with. This is usually done with an EUS or endoscopic ultrasound which allows a biopsy to be taken from the precise area. It's entirely painless though you'll have a throat spray and sedation.

    Let's hope this is just down to reactive lymph nodes.
    60 year old male
    Non-resectable adenocarcinoma of pancreas
    presenting February 2013 with obstructive jaundice.
    April 2013 Commenced Folfirinox.
    July 2013 CT scan after 6 cycles shows tumour shrinking but
    also reveals evidence of previously occult bony metastases.
    Oct 2013 completed 12 courses of Folfirinox.
    Nov 2013 PET scan finds mild uptake in transverse process of T5
    Jan 2014 Nanoknife to pancreatic lesion.
    Aug 2014 MRI finds bony lesion now extending into T4,5 and 6
    Sept 2014 Radiotherapy 2000 cGy to T 3-7 : Recommenced Folfirinox.

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    Are most people's liver and pancreas numbers in their blood work usually abnormal when they are diagnosed pancreatic cancer?

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    Hi Hillybilly,

    I wish I had a way to remove your fear because you do not have a diagnosis. One thing I can tell you is that my hubby was admitted the same day as he turned yellow, then they ran all the tests and we knew within hours.

    Breath if you can. We are here for you. ((( Hugs )))

    Queensville
    July 22 2011 Hubby (64) Diagnosed PanCan. Sept2011- Feb 2012: Abraxane/Gemcitabine. Feb-May 2012:Gemcitabine only. June-Sept 2012 5FU. Sept 4-no more chemo - Just living life. Multiple stents. Jan 2013/18 month mark. Mets everywhere. Looking for a bumper sticker that says 'Stay at safe distance - Driver suffering caregiver burnout'. Hospice Thurs Feb 28 2013. March 12 2013 he went off to his new adventure where we will one day meet again. It was 20 months from date of diagnosis until now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    Are most people's liver and pancreas numbers in their blood work usually abnormal when they are diagnosed pancreatic cancer?
    They can be my husbands were normal.....But don't borrow trouble yet I know this is easy to say and very hard to do.....Lets just hope and pray it's the Lymph nodes.....
    Oct 9,2012 Hubby's ( 65 ) ERCP, Stent put in also told might be cancer
    Oct 23,2012 ( ERCP ) diagnosed. PC on head of pancreas.
    Nov. 5,2012 Whipple at Loma Linda Hosp.... could not be finished due to heart issues
    ( 4 1/2 hours into surgery )told it's also attached to Portal Vein, now only Chemo & Radiation
    11-27-12 Surgery site Infection
    Waiting for Chemo/Radiation
    1-6-13...Still waiting
    1-18-13 appt with Radiologist on 22nd.
    1-30-13 Hubby started on his radiation and Pill Chemo ( Xeloda 3200 mg per day ) for six weeks
    3-12-13 ( Bowel blockage) in Hospital Fluid being drained
    3-21-13 Last day of Chemo/radiation...Now on a much needed break
    4-18-13 New Stent put in metal with mesh
    4-19-13 2nd round of ( Xeloda ) 2 weeks on 1 week off till ? 4000 mg per day for 6 months ( changed to 3000 )
    6-12-13 Large Hernia at surgery site/won't be repaired due to his heart condition also losing toenails ( Xeloda )
    8-9-13 Taken off all Chemo just Living Life now and Keeping him Pain Free "In God's Hands"
    REMISSION NOW PRAYING IT WILL LAST 1-10-14

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    I second everything that everyone just said. Don't jump to anything until you get the endoscopy and biopsy. For my dad, the endoscopy told the doctors just about everything they needed to know just by seeing the tumor on the head of his pancreas.

    I wish you the best and know that we are here if you need us!

    Debbie
    March 21, 2011 - Dad diagnosed. Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma on head of pancreas.
    April 2011 - Gemcitabine and radiation for a total of 12 weeks.
    October 14, 2011 - Successful Whipple procedure. Cancer free! Best 5 months of my life!!!
    March 2, 2012 - CT scan and discovery of possible mets to both lungs.
    March 23, 2012 - Biopsy confirmed recurrence.
    May 2, 2012 - Folfiri regimen started. Stopped after 2 treatments due to infection.
    June 2, 2012 - Switched to Xeloda
    Sept. 21, 2012 - No more chemo...treatment not working anymore. Now we wait and pray.
    October 6, 2012 - My dad is now at peace in Heaven, watching over us until we meet again.

    ♥ Forever in my heart! Miss you every day more than words can say! ♥

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    I am trying not to jump to conclusions but I am finding it difficult not to. I have never been this worried or scared before and I am trying to stay positive in the face of adversity. My dad is currently 75 and battling terminal prostate cancer right now. He is doing good and doesn't look sick. He was diagnosed in November 2012. I am hoping that the endoscopy shows nothing and that its all ok. But until then its a game of what ifs for me.

    I am hoping for the best and woukd have never dreamed I woukd be on this forum posting this at 48 years old never having smoked and not ever using drugs and not drinking alcohol since I was 18. It's like I have zero risk factor for this.

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    As I tell everyone who suspects cancer, it could still be many, many other things. But regardless of what we say, the true test will come. Please know that we will be here if you need us, but until then, try to take a breath and wait for the test.
    March 21, 2011 - Dad diagnosed. Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma on head of pancreas.
    April 2011 - Gemcitabine and radiation for a total of 12 weeks.
    October 14, 2011 - Successful Whipple procedure. Cancer free! Best 5 months of my life!!!
    March 2, 2012 - CT scan and discovery of possible mets to both lungs.
    March 23, 2012 - Biopsy confirmed recurrence.
    May 2, 2012 - Folfiri regimen started. Stopped after 2 treatments due to infection.
    June 2, 2012 - Switched to Xeloda
    Sept. 21, 2012 - No more chemo...treatment not working anymore. Now we wait and pray.
    October 6, 2012 - My dad is now at peace in Heaven, watching over us until we meet again.

    ♥ Forever in my heart! Miss you every day more than words can say! ♥

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    I do appreciate all the kind words of encouragement and yes the true test will come soon when i see the specialist and they biopsy it to find out what is really wrong with me. I am hoping and praying so much that it has to do with the Hpylori that I have had and that its just inflammation and not cancer. I agree this is a nice forum and lots of support here for sure. Thanks to everyone who has read and posted to my thread. This is definitley a very scary time in my life for me as it has probably been for many others on here. Thanks so much!

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    Hoping that your fears will not be realized. We are here if you need us, but hoping that you will not. Please keep us posted, we do like to hear good news when we can get it!
    Mom (65) diagnosed with locally advanced adenocarcinoma on May 2012
    First line of 5-fu and radiation for 5 weeks allowed cancer to get slightly worse.
    July 2012 Gemzar and Tarceva started.
    October hospitalized due to ketoacidosis and dehydration
    November scan showed pancreas tumor reduced by 47% and tumor markers coming down.
    March 2013 ct showed cancer stable, but mom repeatedly hospitalized for infections, low sodium, weakness and malnutrition.
    Mom lost her fight on March 18, 2013

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    I have been of the Flagyl for a week now and my stool is normal as its always been. My stool is a light brown color and has never been gray or chalky and has never floated. My appetite has come back in full force now and I haven't vomited in over 10 days. As for pancreatic cancer symptoms I don't feel like I have any. I feel almost 100% as good as I did before I got the hpylori. Today I eaten a pancake for breakfast covered in butter. For lunch I ate a salsbury steal dinner with gravy and mashed potatoes and corn. I also at a pint of chopped fruit for lunch and now I am eating a bag of M & M's. I have no stomach problems nor do I have any problems with using the bathroom or bowel movements. My urine is its normal color and I am staying pretty much hungry all the time. greasy foods don't bother me in the least or cause me any problems.

    I am hoping that when they investigate a little further that it isn't pancreatic cancer. Anything is possible I know but they said the CT scan indicates something is going on in the head of my Pancreas but they can't tell if it is my pancreas or my lymphnodes. I hope its just pancriatitius from the hpylori. BTW this si the first time I have ever had hpylori.

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    I don't want to scare you but my husband would have weeks between where he'd feel and eat normal......no pain... no throwing up... no diarrhea.....We'd think at last he has beat this bug or what ever......Only to have it come all back.....Doctors scratching their heads trying to find the answer to all this.....Just saying keep alert......Still hoping you are not going to be a member of this forum.....{{{ hugs }}}
    Oct 9,2012 Hubby's ( 65 ) ERCP, Stent put in also told might be cancer
    Oct 23,2012 ( ERCP ) diagnosed. PC on head of pancreas.
    Nov. 5,2012 Whipple at Loma Linda Hosp.... could not be finished due to heart issues
    ( 4 1/2 hours into surgery )told it's also attached to Portal Vein, now only Chemo & Radiation
    11-27-12 Surgery site Infection
    Waiting for Chemo/Radiation
    1-6-13...Still waiting
    1-18-13 appt with Radiologist on 22nd.
    1-30-13 Hubby started on his radiation and Pill Chemo ( Xeloda 3200 mg per day ) for six weeks
    3-12-13 ( Bowel blockage) in Hospital Fluid being drained
    3-21-13 Last day of Chemo/radiation...Now on a much needed break
    4-18-13 New Stent put in metal with mesh
    4-19-13 2nd round of ( Xeloda ) 2 weeks on 1 week off till ? 4000 mg per day for 6 months ( changed to 3000 )
    6-12-13 Large Hernia at surgery site/won't be repaired due to his heart condition also losing toenails ( Xeloda )
    8-9-13 Taken off all Chemo just Living Life now and Keeping him Pain Free "In God's Hands"
    REMISSION NOW PRAYING IT WILL LAST 1-10-14

 
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