Ampullary Cancer: Complications with cirrhosis and Whipple surgery

Posted by baeph @baeph, Aug 17 3:45pm

My husband was diagnosed in March- the cancer was stage 1, quickly followed by the cirrhosis diagnosis. .has anyone had any experience with treatment for this situation?
Thank you in advance.

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@baeph, I'm sorry to hear about the additional diagnosis of cirrhosis. Has your husband already had Whipple surgery or is it not possible because of the new diagnosis? What is his treatment plan?

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your husband had whipple surgery; my daughter may have it as well;
must wait for chemo and radiation affects to "settle" before physicians determine next step. we are patient people in general, and this sure does test our "stuff". have you been married long? appears you perhaps have.
pancreatic cancer and then liver diagnosis. that is a fight worth
"staying the course; bette

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@dramagrandma1

your husband had whipple surgery; my daughter may have it as well;
must wait for chemo and radiation affects to "settle" before physicians determine next step. we are patient people in general, and this sure does test our "stuff". have you been married long? appears you perhaps have.
pancreatic cancer and then liver diagnosis. that is a fight worth
"staying the course; bette

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Our situation was quite different. He had Ampulary cancer, a rare type. Whipple was performed within 2 weeks of surgery and chemo, which was presented as optional, didn’t start until after five months. At that time we knew that we would be dealing with cirrhosis to further complicate the treatment. So far, one round of chemo has been completed with 5 remaining. His second PET scan is mid-October and we will have a better idea of what’s happening.
From my vantage point, Whipple is complicated and requires a long and sometimes complicated recovery. Our surgeon told us that ‘he would be playing golf ina month’ which was totally untrue. I would have much preferred the truth rather than to have to face the disappointment of false optimism.
My very best wishes for you and your daughter
Many people here have supported us and offered hugs and good information. Do your own research and keep fighting!!!

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@baeph

Our situation was quite different. He had Ampulary cancer, a rare type. Whipple was performed within 2 weeks of surgery and chemo, which was presented as optional, didn’t start until after five months. At that time we knew that we would be dealing with cirrhosis to further complicate the treatment. So far, one round of chemo has been completed with 5 remaining. His second PET scan is mid-October and we will have a better idea of what’s happening.
From my vantage point, Whipple is complicated and requires a long and sometimes complicated recovery. Our surgeon told us that ‘he would be playing golf ina month’ which was totally untrue. I would have much preferred the truth rather than to have to face the disappointment of false optimism.
My very best wishes for you and your daughter
Many people here have supported us and offered hugs and good information. Do your own research and keep fighting!!!

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And to answer your question-we have been married for 14 years.

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@colleenyoung

@baeph, I'm sorry to hear about the additional diagnosis of cirrhosis. Has your husband already had Whipple surgery or is it not possible because of the new diagnosis? What is his treatment plan?

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Yes, Whipple was done several days after the diagnosis. He just finished round one of chemo. He is very carefully monitored before every treatment.

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