What a great web site, I hope you can help. My mother is 66 years of age, recently discharged from hospital, present weight is 62 lbs, diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis, pseudocyst and tumor tail of the pancreas detected by C.T scan, my mother is booked forERCP,I'm very worried as she is very frail, is there any risk in doing this test with someone so malnurished.Internist says she is not srong enough for a biopsy,therfore we don't know if the tumor is malignant, is there any other way of finding out,?ultrasound. also I'm concerned about her overall health as a result of such dramatic weight loss, her symptoms include profound backpain, fatty stools,nausea, vomitting, presently these symptoms are being managed with codeine contin 100mg b.i.d. and digestive enzymes. At present my mother's follow-up includes occassional follow-up by dietician, should she have bloodwork done also her blood sugars have been elevated however no followup in regards to this. My mother has been a heavy consumer of alchol for at least 40 years as well as a heavy smoker, I'm very concerned about her present state, I must say I was surprise T.P.N. was not an option to help build her up, any suggestions as a concerned family what we may suggest for follow-up, desperately seeking advice, Thank-you,Carrot. Hope to hear back soon as I'm concerned that her present state of health may require more aggressive treatment and if not done soon she could decompensate furthur.Thanks again!!!!