My mother has pancreatic cancer. She is in stage 4 and was diagnosed at the end of September but many additional tests were ran after that so treatment with gemcitabine did not begin until around NOVEMBER i think. She is on a clinical trial which is using standard of care (gemcitabine) and a parp inhibitor which is experimental. After 8 weeks on this regimen, she had a CT scan and her tumors shrank!! However, I am hearing many patients with this disease getting treated at Cancer Care Centers of America and having great success. Are these patients stage 4 or are they in an earlier more treatable stage?