Re: pancreatic cancer
I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. It is exceptionally rare for someone so young to get Pancreatic Cancer. You are the same age as me so it must feel so unfair.
If you don't mind talking about your diagnosis. Did you have any symptoms and what tests were done for the diagnosis to be made?
Is the Cancer just in the Pancreas, if so then I completely understand why your doctor wants to remove the Pancreas. Pancreatic Cancer is notoriously difficult to cure because usually at the time of diagnosis the cancer has spread beyond just the Pancreas. And some doctors will be very aggressive with the treatment if they feel there is a chance of a cure. Considering your age you should be able to take the aggressive treatment, something that an elderly person probably would not be able to.
If I had the option of having my Pancreas removed and knowing that there is a strong possibility that the Cancer will be gone with it, then I would let them take it. Yes you will then become a diabetic, and you will also have to take medication all your life to replace the intestinal bile that the Pancreas produces.
But many people are diabetic and live perfectly happy normal lives.
But as other people have said, definately definately get a second opinion.
Please keep us updated if you ever have the time.