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Shocked by my brothers cancer diagnosis

meme

Registered User
Aug 29, 2011
1,953
London
8 weeks ago he had text book symptoms of liver cancer including being jaundiced..He was admitted to hospital 4 days ago for tests..yesterday the ct scan showed he has cancer of the pancreas and some in his liver and lungs...he is being sent home where he lives alone and palliative care team will help and there we go...nothing but managing symptoms and any pain if it comes. I am shocked and sad , he is 4 years younger than me aged 60 ....life is so cruel and unfair...
 
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Saffie

Registered User
Mar 26, 2011
22,506
Near Southampton
I am so sorry Meme. This must have been a dreadful shock.
I know that that cancer of the pancreas can show symptoms quite late in the disease.
An acquaintance of mine had it just over a year ago. I hope your brother doesn't suffer great pain. Yes, life is indeed cruel.
 

Izzy

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Aug 31, 2003
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Dundee
How terribly sad Meme. I can only imagine how you must feel. Wishing you strength and your brother as little suffering as possible.
 

stanleypj

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Dec 8, 2011
10,707
North West
What dreadful news meme. It must be very hard for your brother and the family. Wishing him the very best treatment in the time he has left and wishing you and the rest of the family the strength to support him.
 

meme

Registered User
Aug 29, 2011
1,953
London
thankyou all...we became closer when Ma died 3 yrs ago....she always wished we saw more of each other...
 

AlsoConfused

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Sep 17, 2010
1,953
Ditto.

I don't know whether there is a hospice in your brother's area nor whether he'd want hospice involvement ... but please think whether it might be worthwhile for your brother to explore what they can offer him. A friend of mine had a very troubled life - I think the only time she found peace and unqualified support was when a hospice began caring for her.