• How long after chemo & radiation have ended is surgery (whipple) still an option?

    Asked by donnalynn on Friday, September 28, 2012

    How long after chemo & radiation have ended is surgery (whipple) still an option?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Hi Donnalynn. I am not a doctor, but I would think a whipple surgery is doable as long as the tumor/cancer has not spread beyond the pancreas. If you have an opportunity to fight pancreatic cancer early with stage I, I would hit it with everything the doctors recommend as your best option, early on.

      If you need any information, I found that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can be helpful. http://pancan.org/section_facing_pancreatic_cancer/oneonone_support/

      almost 8 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar

      I think that Whipple is an option if the cancer hasn't spread and if the tumor is in an operable location.

      almost 8 years ago
    • JMS's Avatar

      I too understand that the whipple can be done so long as the tumor has not spread beyond the pancreas. That said, I understand it's not infrequent for the cancer to begin to wrap around the nearest artery, but so long as it hasn't penetrated, surgeons can remove this as well by peeling it away.

      Just a recommendation, as I had the whipple last April at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, where more and more the pancreatic cancer surgeons are opting to do laproscopic surgery. So, if you can find a surgeon that will perform the operation laproscopically, I think it would be a good idea to do so. Reovery from surgery was reasonably quick - comparatively speaking, of course. My scars now consist of 6 small incisions, each of which are about 1/2 inch long or less.

      almost 8 years ago
    • magdem's Avatar

      Hi Donnalynn. I was diagnosed August 2nd and my Whipple was scheduled for September 11 with radiation and chemo to be done after surgery. Unfortunately, I developed a blood clot and surgery had to be canceled. Plan B, radiation and chemo first. Will begin Monday Oct. 8 and go through November 14. Then a resting period. New Whipple surgery is now scheduled for January 8, 2013.

      almost 8 years ago

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