About 2 months ago my father was told he had a large mass at the head of his pancreas. Numerous films were taken Cat scan, MRI, endoscopic ultrasound done and unable to get a biopsy due to to many blood vessels. Three doctors said it was inoperable and sent him on his way. We found one doctor that felt he could do a whipple and decided to move ahead and try even though we were told more than likely it was cancer and would not be able to be removed. He went in for surgery and the doctor was not able to remove it due to vessel involvement. He went ahead and took out his gall bladder that had sludge in it and noticed there was not any metastis. And cut 2 of the nerves to help with pain management. We were told that he would probably live only 6 to 9 months and the course of treatment would depend on the results of the 3 deep tissue biopsies and the other two taken from other places other than the pancreas. Five days later the doctor informed us there were no cancer cells found in the biopsies and that it was acute pancreatitis. Totally relieved he was released from the hospital and has not got any better and its been over three weeks. He is getting worse. When this all started he was at 210 pounds and now down to 175. He saw another doctor that said this was chronic pancreatitis and gave him some enzymes and told him to change his diet and they would repeat some of the scans and blood tests. The cancer marker they did on him 2 months ago was at 34. He is now in an alternative treatment program by IV therapy, loading him with vitamins and nutrients. They do not believe the mass will shrink and the main vessel is blocked which they said other blood vessels would help compensate for the blockage. I just wanted your thoughts on the possiblity this could still be cancer and what you would suggest from this point. What kinds of tests what we should ask the doctor. The doctor who the the endoscopic ultrasound stated he saw a complex cystic mass and even then felt it was an adenocarcinoma. He is a 64 yr old man who has taken good care of himself, but about 10 years ago started getting ill being very tired all the time, bowel problems, digestive issues he turned vegetarian, cut out sugar and most dairy because it made him ill. He has had 2 episodes that could have been a pancreatic attack and this last one he came back septic and no known cause, they said. We just need some guidance as to what we should do or any thoughts would help. Over the years one doctor told him he had fibro myalgia, another chronic fatigue and in 2001 Mayo did a complete and total work up on him and really did not find anything significance to his illness. Any doctor suggestions in Arizona for something like this would be helpful. He is just going down hill and we do not feel like we are getting anywhere with all of the doctors we have seen, even outside of Arizona.