My mom was just diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer that has metastasized to her liver. The doctor has not given us any hope and said any hope is false hope. He said one of her treatment options (that he would choose) is to go to Hospice. I work in oncology clinical trials but I am so stricken with grief and emotion, I cannot think. My mom does not want the Nausea and Vomiting associated with chemo and is considering not doing anything. He has given her 5-6 months at most if she does nothing but says there is only a 10% chance that her tumor will respond to Gemzar and Tarceva. I want her to try but she is so overwhelmed with grief that she cannot think clearly either.
She has not moved past the fact that the oncologist said if this were him, he would opt to do nothing. I ask the question what would he do so I cannot blame him for his frank answer but I wish I had not ask him because she has not moved past the answer.
I have read the posts and it sounds like people have had results with the drugs. I do not think she will make it for 5-6 months if she does nothing and I have read the average is 3-5 months.
What do other people think?