Pancreatic cancer—Whipple procedure

Posted by salledell @salledell, Mon, Sep 9 11:36pm

Has anyone had the Whipple procedure, and how long did it take to start eating fairly normally again? And how long did it take to regain enough strength to resume fairly normal activities like some gardening, driving, and shopping?

@dianamiracle

Try to not eat any fatty foods, and no fried foods. That might help with your bowels. You May have to increase your creon. It takes at least a year to recover and for your body to figure out the new “norm”. Best of luck! I only put back 20 of the 68 pounds I lost, but I lost a lot of muscle. Keep going strong!

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Will the medication make me gain weight? I dont want to add to my wt just do better with digestion.

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No it will not. Especially if you do not eat fried foods, no processed foods and no processed sugary foods.

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@dianamiracle

No it will not. Especially if you do not eat fried foods, no processed foods and no processed sugary foods.

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Thanks!! I struggled many years to be thin or thinner than I was….finally now after my surgery and recovery from pancreatic cancer I'm at my ideal weight. I do suffer from gas bloating and bathroom issues after eating…..whether small or normal portions!! My oncologist gave me a prescription for an alternative to the Creon. I will try it!! Thanks again!!

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My Dear brother had the Whipple 2003, he had stage four pancreatic Slone Kettering. I had br. Cancer different hospital. I asked my Oncologist if he would recommend this kind of surgery at this stage. He said no! He will be more comfortable with out a big surgery. He was right. He was seen by a Scientist who works in a lab and my brother was his 'Lab Rat" Dr. Gary Schwartz, My brothers 6" tall, 175. Brother lived in NJ. Take the train into the city at 75 lbs for more Chemo. I should have yelled, do what ever I had to do to get my brother to go to my Oncologist who truly cared and who cared for Jackie Kennedy when she was in NJ. Begged his wife to allow my brother David to see my dr.. she refused.

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