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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): surgery planned for October 16. 50/50 chance that it will be successful due to involvement of artery.

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      Ofie

      Hi. Keep the faith and hope. I had panc cancer 6 yrs. ago. Still in remission thank God. They moved my stomach and intestine in order to perform the whipple. Went thru chemo. During chemo I lost a lot of weight. Couldn;t eat much, just cereal, endure, jello, gatorade. I did not lose my hair. Just a little. Don't remember the name of the chemo. God bless you during your surgery and recovery. p.s. My doctor was great. I had my surgery at Cedars, my chemo at Huntington Hosp.

      about 4 years ago
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    donnalynn asked a questionPancreatic Cancer

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

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      Blue

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

      about 4 years ago
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      JMS

      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.

      about 4 years ago
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      magdem

      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.

      about 4 years ago
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    seems like treatment has come to a screeching halt - met with the surgeon on Sept 17, had a scan the same day. My husband was told he needed another endoscopy before surgery could take place. We have been waiting for the endoscopy dr's call for an appt. - apparently they will call him - we don't call them. The wait is sheer torture - he feels like he has dropped out of the system. It has been 4 weeks since chemo & radiation have ended - I think there is a specific time frame for the surgery after the treatment has ended.

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    donnalynn asked a questionPancreatic Cancer

    whipple procedure

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      Onoi11

      I hear you, donnalynn. I'm also due for a Wnipple surgery with top surgeons, yet I still worry about the procedure and how deep the prolonged anesthetic must be.

      over 4 years ago
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      Plynn52

      Hi Donnalynn! I had a Whipple 11 years ago. I agree with the other comments...go to a surgeon who has done this surgery numerous times. Recovery for me was difficult for the first few months with ability to tolerate diet...I did go home with a feeding tube...but things improved. At this point, I am "normal"...I probably have increased abdominal upsets...bloating, gas, frequent stools compared to those who have "all their parts in the right place"...but taking pancreatic enzymes help...when I remember. Some foods bother me more than others...and that is a "trial and error" thing. Your husband is blessed to have you by his side...remember to take care of yourself...being a caregiver is difficult also. Take a break from all this cancer stuff and do something fun together or with some friends. God bless both of you, Lynn

      over 4 years ago
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      magdem

      I am also awaiting the Whipple and am apprehensive. I was told immediately to make sure to have a surgeon with much experience and that's why I chose MD Anderson. I was also told that not only the surgeon is important, but also the team that is responsible immediately after surgery should be experienced as well since they will know exactly what to look for. Makes sense to me. I also worry about the length of the surgery, but I guess there isn't anything that will totally remove all fears. Good luck to you.

      about 4 years ago