Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
Advanced Pancreatic Cancer patient is suffering - can you help?
Pardon me for having two parts to my question.  My father was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in early June and has been battling a diet that seems to cause all kinds of distress.  The tumor is located where the bile duct and liver connect and has extreme jaundice.

1) For the month of June, I put him on a diet that is very limited on the amount of oil and fat that he ingests.  He had extreme amounts of pain - bowel movements were painful with extreme burning.  After cutting out most of the oil and fat (learning that the body cannot process fats well anymore), the symptoms subsided and he felt better.  Lately, the symptoms have returned and the diet has not been altered.  What can I possibly recommend to limit his suffering?

2) The jaundice is particularly bad due to the levels of bile in his skin.  He's suffering from extreme itching.  The oncologist prescribed a strong anti-inflammatory and a benedryl-based cream to apply as needed.  These drugs have extremely limited effect on his itching.  Is there something else I can point him to so he can get some relief?
Cancel
1 Answers
Page 1 of 1
1268057 tn?1462734870
Has he ever been ordered Pancrease medication to help aid in digestion?

Has he ever been ordered Questran for the elevated bile salts?  That may reduce the level and lessen the itching.  Make sure the detergent is completely rinsed out of his clothing when washed.  Loose fitting clothes made from cotton are best.  

Did he have ductal stents placed at all?  

I do not know if these options are something doable for him.  

Pancreatic CA is a very rough one.  
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Cancer Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Cancer Answerers