Pancreatic Cancer - No signs of spread, Whipple Candidate
Hi and so glad to be part of this group. My husband was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer this month. 5.8 cm in the head of the pancreas. CT Scan, MRIs, PET/CT Scan, Diagnostic Endoscopy all show no signs that the cancer has spread and he is a candidate for Whipple Surgery. However, his CA-19 was 1,900 (earlier in the month while experiencing pancreatitis after ECRP procedure to insert stent in Bile Duct and perform Biopsy). Latest CA19 has dropped to 1700. Doctors feel chemo (16 weeks) to ensure no messenger cells are there then Whipple in early 2023. has anyone experienced this? We would love to go in and do the Whipple now, but they are holding off until after chemo based on CA-19 tests being elevated. Thank you for your input.