My grandfather was diagnosed with this vicious disease yesterday. He is 96 years old and has chosen not to receive any treatment, other than palliative, which is understandable. He has been weak for a long time anyway....some mild congestive heart failure, etc. In his own words, he's "ready to go home and be with the Lord."
My question is this: how long do we have realistically? No one will tell me straight. Some say "could be 3-6 months", but that seems like a lot. He is barely eating, so jaundiced he's a dark orange color, his breathing seems labored already.....he doesn't seem to be in pain yet, but honestly, he's the type of man who wouldn't tell you if he was. He is itching alot, because I see him scratching almost constantly....he MAY have eaten about 4 bites of dinner last night.
Given all this, can anyone give me a better timeline? I know each case is different, but I have a lot of family out of state, and I need to be able to give them some sort of information so they can make the decision to fly out now or wait- they'd like to see him while he's still lucid. 3 months just seems sooooo long given how he currently seems to me.
Thanks for anything you can tell me.