It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver Message Board

  • Mother into fourth month of pancreatic cancer

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 10-18-2009, 11:40 AM   #1
    catbcker's Avatar
    Join Date: Oct 2009
    Posts: 5
    catbcker HB User
    Mother into fourth month of pancreatic cancer

    I am glad I found this site as I am the caregiver of my 83 year old mother who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which had spread to liver, ribs, and lymph nodes July 5, 2009. Having lost my brother and Dad to cancer within the last ten years, mother opted to not undergo any treatment, and live out the three months the Doctors gave her with myself and Hospice seeing to her comfort. Mom is a big woman, starting out at 240, she is now down to 180, and I feel her strength has sustained her this long. Nausea has been the biggest issue, and some pain. Nausea patches and pain patches seem to be helping her quality of life and she has lived 2 weeks past the three months she had been given. She hasn't eaten anything but maybe two to three spoons of soup or sherbet for two weeks now and the weakness got so bad last night I had to call for help to get her out of her chair and into bed. She couldn't even lift her foot and seemed to be incoherrent, and that along with labored breathing and black tarry stools, I felt sure last night would be the end.
    This morning she is more coherrent and was able to walk from bed to her chair with two of us assisting her and I called Hospice as I feared a stroke. Nurse has felt all along her heart racing from 100 to 120 and highly irregular would be what finally puts her to rest. This morning her heart rate is 132 and breathing labored, but she is still sitting in her chair, with the TV on (although she is looking through the TV, not actually watching) Anyone have any insight on how high a rate the heart can take? Her stomach constantly is moving and rolling as we watch her sleep, nurse says she sees this alot with pancreatic cancer. Anyone know whats going on there? Thanks for any information you may have out there.

    Last edited by catbcker; 10-18-2009 at 12:15 PM.

    Sponsors Lightbulb
    Old 10-18-2009, 07:39 PM   #2
    Senior Veteran
    Join Date: May 2007
    Location: Calif, USA
    Posts: 1,533
    Mel52 HB UserMel52 HB UserMel52 HB UserMel52 HB UserMel52 HB UserMel52 HB UserMel52 HB UserMel52 HB UserMel52 HB User
    Re: Mother into fourth month of pancreatic cancer

    I am so sorry your family has been hit so hard with this terrible cancer.
    My mom doesn't have cancer but she does have tachycardia. She was hospitalized years ago with a rate rate of 300. A few weeks ago her heart rate was 200 but the paramedics got it down quickly.
    Your mom's heart rate, is it the result of the patches? My girlfriend was on fentanyl and when she had difficulties, her daughter-in-law, a nurse, cut back the dosage.
    Can your mom drink Ensure? I know what you mean about watching tv but not "watching". My friend did that also. She also would just stare at me, but I wasn't sure if she was really seeing me at times. She passed within a week of that.
    You are a wonderful daughter to be there for your mom

    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    Mother into fourth month of pancreatic cancer catbcker Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 17 04-11-2010 09:19 PM
    pancreatic cancer end stage what to expect slavkadraskovic Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 5 12-03-2008 10:41 PM
    Scared family - 27yr/old wife and mother got some bad news.... help? kerry4 Gallbladder 3 08-28-2008 05:00 AM
    Pancreatic cancer stage 4 k2626 Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 11 05-31-2008 05:07 PM
    Fear Mother is Losing battle w/Pancreatic Cancer ScrewedUpBigtim Family & Friends of Cancer Patients 5 11-07-2006 10:15 AM
    Lost Mother 2 Cancer-Pancreatic CarolynDaughter Cancer 1 10-13-2006 07:17 AM
    Please Help: PANCREATIC and LIVER CANCER PANTHERA25 Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 7 06-27-2006 07:36 PM
    do i have symptoms of pancreatic cancer coaches wife Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 8 05-23-2004 06:22 PM

    pancreatic cancer

    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:01 PM.

    © 2020 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!