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Physical condition after stomach bypass ?

My wife has pancreatic cancer stage 4(b) The surgeons performed a stomach bypass for when the stent fails.
What signs should I look for in her physical condition now? She seems to eat more but has pains in her back when sleeping at night. Will her appetite begin to decrease again? Will she become more tired? I just dont know what to look for & we dont see the surgon again until the end of the month

Thanks for any help
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replied September 19th, 2009
Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is a truly horrible disease (as you are already aware, I'm sure). Even after bypassing the stomach and the bile ducts, many pancreas cancer patients will still experience significant upper abdominal and/or back pain. In most cases, this pain can be eased with narcotics, although it may be necessary, in some cases, to have a radiologist or a GI doctor inject alcohol into the nerves behind the pancreas (celiac axis block) to ease the pain.

Unfortunately, patients with incurable cancer don't always follow the same clinical course, and so I am always reluctant to offer specific scenarios (including how long any individual patient will live). In most cases, however, patients with advanced pancreas cancer tend to lose their appetite and stop eating, and they do generally develop progressively worsening fatigue and weakness.

I hope that, at a minimum, your wife can find relief from her pain. I wish that there was more that I, or her doctors, could offer her, Sir.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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