Originally Posted by ConeyIsBabe
Sorry to hear about your friend. Pancreatic cancer has a very low life expectancy. Simply put, there is no reason for the doctor to discuss his smoking. According to the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Research Center, it is estimated that 20-25% cases of pancreatic cancer are caused by smoking. Here's the link that explains some of this: What Causes Pancreatic Cancer?
Please bear in mind that if your friend has pancreatic cancer, he may
only have a very short amount of time to deal with the prognosis. I hate being this blunt/harsh, but sometimes friends and family fail to grasp how little time remains to spend with their recently diagnosed loved one and later regret it. (Been there, done that.)
I don't know if you've heard of the "Last Lecture." Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon professor with a real zest for life, prepared his last lecture after receiving a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The video of his last lecture is incredible - but I think you probably need to be in a good frame of mind before watching it.