| | Terminal Pancreatic Cancer
My MIL was diagnosed in Aug, sent home to be with her family out of state.
Surgical Oncologist stated nothing can be done, mass too large in pancreas, has also metastasized to liver, lung and thyroid. The doctor was amazed she hadn't any pain, but did perform a stint in the liver to alleviate the blockage.
I am starting to see loss of appetite, some jaundice, complaints of a little pain, and the swelling in her stomach rapidly increasing. Four days ago, they removed 6 liters of fluid, and she looks larger than before, and it is increasing in discomfort, and more to the side than originally in the middle of the stomach. She has been told its the cancer mass and the liver failing that is creating the fluid. Today, she went to eat and could not, experiencing nausea, so the hospice nurse prescribed a medication for her to take.
My question is: Do we have a month left with her? I know it is hard to say, but once the liver starts failing, is there a usual time line? One of my sons lives in New Jersey and is coming home at Christmas to see her, I am wondering if he will.