My wife (58) was recently diagnosed with a intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) type of cyst on her pancreas. Prior to the diagnosis, she had been hospitalized three times for acute pancreatitis in the last year. The cyst is believed to be the cause of the pancreatitis attacks. Since this type of cyst can eventually become malignant, the decision was made to remove the part of her pancreas where the cyst is located. My question is regarding the quality of life after a distal pancreatectomy. Will she have to be on insulin and digestive enzyme supplements the rest of her life? Can you loose half your pancrease and still live a fairly normal life? Thanks in advance for sharing any information or experience.