Can please give me advice on how to be the best advocate for my mom who has just been diagnosed with?

Question by Lucy: Can please give me advice on how to be the best advocate for my mom who has just been diagnosed with?
pancreatic cancer. The doctors believe it is operable and that it has not affected the blood vessels at this time. I want to know how to go to bat for her, help her make decisions, help my dad, and stay strong. I do feel Gods hand on my shoulder guiding me through.

Thank you so much for your help.

Best answer:

Answer by J B
You go with her to all of her appointments so that you know exactly what the doctors are telling her. You research this condition and become very, very knowledgeable about this condition and it’s treatment options – you can start with WebMd.com and MayoClinic.com which are two of the most trusted medical websites for laypersons. Ask questions of her doctors when you don’t understand the medical terms or ramifications of a procedure/treatment. Talk with both your mother and father after doctor appointments to make sure they have an understanding of what the advice given means to them and what they understand. Clear, open communication between the 3 of you and understanding of what is to come will get all of you through this difficult time. And, when you think you can’t do it anymore, reach out to a cancer support group.

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    Leonard May 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    The best advise is that you have a look to Tony Issac web and his oleander soup treatment. Very easy to follow and a very chip price and you can prepare by your own.

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    JLI May 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    You need to listen very carefully what the doctor explains. An important and positive thing to note is, that the doctors believe the tumor is operable, and that there is no sign of invasion of the vessels.

    Be very careful about the information you find on the internet. Do under no circumstances follow the advice given by Leonard. Especially given that the cancer is operable. Tony Isaacs has repeatedly advised cancer patients not to get operated, and his arguments for giving that advice is demonstrably nonsense. Here: http://anaximperator.wordpress.com/2009/11/06/cancer-metastasis-according-to-the-gospel-of-curezone/ is a blog-post explaining how he is wrong. And in the discussion below the post you will see he actually came by, and tried to deny explaining as he did.

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    William May 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    As mentioned above, go to your Mom’s appointments. It will be difficult for her to absorb all of the information coming at her.

    What kind of pancreatic cancer? That can make a difference with treatment (need for post-operative chemotherapy) and ultimate prognosis. Location of the tumor is important as this dramatically changes the surgical approach as well as subsequent recovery time. Make certain that your Mom’s surgeon has experience in oncologic pancreatic surgery. The pancreas is a particularly tricky organ to operate on and ideally you want a surgeon that performs these operations with relative frequency. If you or your Mother do not have a good feeling with the surgeon do not hesitate to ask for a second opinion? You may bruise an ego, but it’s your Mom’s life. Best wishes.

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