Topic: mother newly diagnosed
About a week ago my wife noticed my mom who is 66 years had some yellowing in her eyes and immediately we took her to the doctor and her blood was taken. The next day the doctor called her in and a ultrasound was performed. That is when we found out that there is an obstruction in her bile duct and a ctscan was needed. The next day the ctscan results came back and the doctor believed it was a gallstone even though her gall bladder was removed 15 years ago. The next day she had a ERCP and that is when we found out that it wasn't a gall stone but a tumor and a stent was placed in along with a biopsy. The oncologist said the that the tumor could be benign but is waiting for the lab results from the biopsy. The next day the oncologist broke the news to us that the tumor is malignant and that she is diagnosed with cc. My world stopped and after doing some research on the internet I was devastated to find out that this is a rare disease and that the survival rate doesn't look very good. I was very depressed and sad because my mom means the world to me. She would work 7 days just so she can provide for my brother and I. Thankfully I found this forum and the awesome people that post here. The very next day my mom had a MRCP and that is when the oncologist told us that the cancer is in its early stage and that the cancer has not spread into the major lymph nodes. I was so HAPPY and RELIEVED and I was able to sleep that night. Today we had a meeting with the surgeon and that is when he told us that from all the procedures that was done they believe it is in its early stage but they are not 100% certain until they open her up. They also mention that the tumor is 2.5 cm big and that there is a slight chance that the tumor is on her pancreas being so close to it. The surgeon recommended the whipple procedure and the surgery will be 3 weeks from today.
My question is why did the oncologist tell us that it is in its early stage and the tumor has not spread but yet the surgeon said that they are not 100% sure whether or not it has spread until they open her up? Also with 3 weeks till the surgery my concern is that the tumor might spread.