Has it spread? iirc, pancreatic cancer is tough to detect until later stages.
in addition to chemo and radiation, there are 2, maybe 3, biotherapeutic options: herceptin,erbitux, and opdivo
herceptin is usually for breast cancer, but about 1/5 oancreatic cancer patients also express the same target (her2 protein).
erbitux binds growth factor receptors and supresses cancer cell growth.
Opdivo wasdevekoped for non small cell lung cancer, but it seems to f many types of cancer in the a constantly (and without lube) bu fucking with the pd-1 pathway.
Full disclosure: im not an MD and your sis will want to discuss this with her physicians.
May want to look to getting on a clinical trial too (cancer.gov).
Nerd stuff aside- be there for your sis and family sir. Be relentless in your search, ask lots of questions of the oncologists, and keep moving forward.
Its crazy how we came to find out. She has been really active since the beginning of this year, so she has learned to listen to her body. In July she got a sharp pain in her side, to the point that she went to the doctor. They did blood work, urinalyisis, etc..and all came back normal. They thought it was her liver.
Wasnt until they did an ultrasound that they saw a blockage around her pancreas so they ordered a scan and an MRI. Thats where they saw it had spread a little bit to the liver and spleen; which are showing no ill effects, so hoping the chemo keeps it from spreading any further and can contain it. Thats really our best hope.
I have been reading up alot on how changing diet, etc can help in treating pan can and keep the cells from spreading after treatment. The Nanoknife is something I read about in my search from other pancreatic cancer patients:
Irreversible electroporation (IRE) uses short, repetitive, non-thermal high-energy pulses of electricity to destroy cancer cells. The brand name for IRE is called NanoKnife®.