• Anyone here have Whipple Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer?

    Asked by Onoi11 on Friday, August 31, 2012

    Anyone here have Whipple Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer?

    How did you do during and post surgery? Was your weight loss significant?

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • SurvivorLiz's Avatar
      SurvivorLiz (Best Answer!)

      Hi Onoi11.
      I had the Whipple procedure done 1-1/2 years ago, with excellent results. I had chemo and radiation treatments before the surgery. I lost about 80# before ths surgery. Doctors kept telling me not to lose any more. That is probably the best thing that came out of my whole ordeal. I have only gained about 7# back. The end result I couldn't wear any of my clothes, so slowly I have been building up a new wardrobe 10 sizes smaller. Good luck on your journey through this horriable cancer. Keep a good attitude and make sure you have a good surgeon that has done lots and lots if whipple procedure.

      about 8 years ago
    • Madison's Avatar

      my husband had the whipple surgery for his pancreatic cancer. he did really well. he had chemo before and after his whipple. he lost about 40 lbs that he didnt really need to loose, but he is doing well. go to a surgeon and a hospital that has done ALOT of these surgeries. you will be fine!
      good luckere...

      about 8 years ago
    • Plynn52's Avatar

      I had the Whipple surgery 11 years ago...with radiation and chemo following. my weight loss through the entire ordeal...surgery, radiation with chemo and then four months of chemo was about 14 pounds. the recovery process was difficult for me, BUT I thank God I am still here today to tell you about it. be encouraged...
      blessings, Lynn

      about 8 years ago
    • funaries' Avatar

      New to this so I may be late in answering your question. I had the Whipple in December 2010. Make sure the dr. has a lot of experience. Only stayed in hospital 6 days! I lost about 60 lbs. but have gained back 12. I really wanted to keep all of the weight off because I was too heavy, however, I'm glad I had it to lose. I hope by now you have had the surgery and things are looking good for you.

      about 8 years ago
    • tibby150's Avatar

      i had the whipple surgery back in march 2011. As soon as i was diagnosed my gastroenterologist said it is a very difficult t surgery and told me to go tot the best so I went to Johns Hopkins in Maryland. They did a great job. I've gone through chemo,rad and then chemo again. Not the funniest thing to do but doable. Then main side effect was fatigue. I slept a lot. I lost about 40 pounds and then regained 10.I've had 3good follow-up cat scans and am due for a fourth. The main thing that it has left me is a problem with digestion. Whatever I eat kinda goes through me quickly. But I'm not complaining; I'm here to see my granddaughter and my granddaughter whose on her way!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Onoi11's Avatar

      Thanks to all who have answered my question. I have heard that the post Whipple mortality rate is high, yet I don't get that feeling from Whipple patients who are posting here. Wish there was a database showing the relative success rates of those surgeons across the US who are performing Whipple surgeries.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Onoi11's Avatar

      Who are the best a whipple surgeons on the West Coast?

      almost 8 years ago

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