cs Bowles. Very interesting article for a mystery medical problem. Hope it helps Depresed.
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Susan, my husband had a Whipple February 7th, 2018. He has weird, rare tumors so his prognosis is still unknown and treatment is wait and see. He has diagnostic scans and labs every 3 months looking for markers or a tumor return. His Whipple was extensive, and reconstruction complicated. Since a Whipple was his only option, he had it done Robotically, 5 small incisions. 10 days in the hospital, 12 hour anesthesia and surgery. His recoup was about 4 to 6 months, but less traumatic than open belly surgery. He is carefully monitored by his Oncology team for recurrence and weight loss (30 pounds so far). He did Physical Therapy and dietician has him on a high protein/ high calorie diet with Creon
Since I don’t know where your tumor was located or the type of PC your biopsies and scans revealed, I thought if chemo and radiation could shrink the tumor, that a Whipple was a possibility. Of course, if your PC is metastatic, the new chemo is working to extend life expectancy far beyond older treatments. Don’t lose hope! Some Cancer Centers are better at dealing with Pancreatic Cancer because they utilize the newest treatments and surgery.
My husband was treated at Duke Cancer in Durham, NC.
You are in my prayers!