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Jul 12, 2020
This is Sharon's story.
On January 2, 2020, Sharon was admitted to ER at St Joesph hospital with symptoms of jaundice and total lack energy. After ultra sound and subsequently an MRI, she was diagnosed with a blockage in a duct leading from the liver to her small intestine. A procedure was performed to insert a plastic stent in her duct and thus allow the liver drain properly. In the process a biopsy was taken from the growth on the pancreas and a few days later we were informed that the tumor tested positive for cancer.
The doctors then ordered a PET scan to determine the extent of the cancer and it revealed that the cancer was confined to the pancreas. Initially the oncologist believed that the tumor could be removed surgically. However on January 29th when we met with the surgeon he told us that unfortunately the tumor was fairly large and was too close to some veins and therefore surgery was too risky at this time. He said that often times Chemo treatments are able to reduce the size of the tumor and then it can be surgically removed.
In the weeks following her diagnosis she has suffered two blood infections and been hospitalized for 5 days for each of them. Home treatments of antibiotics followed. Presently were are waiting for the infection to be declared clear so that she can begin treatment with chemo therapy.