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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): Was scheduled for Whipple operation on January 7; however, cancer had spread to another area of the pancreas so surgeon was unable to remove the tumor as planned. Next steps are radiation and chemotherapy with hopes that surgery can be done in the future.

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    Welcome to WhatNext. I am new on this journey as well, having been diagnosed just before Christmas with surgery scheduled next week.

    I think you will find the folks here willing to answer any questions you may have. They are all very supportive.

    There are some inspirational stories about others who are survivors of this disease. Reading about their successes will give you hope for your own. Best wishes!

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    Scheduled for Whipple procedure at the end of next week. Trying to stay positive but feeling very emotional today. Concerned about how my body will respond and how my life will change.

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      armyret

      Once your cleared from surgery and start chemo... it has various effects on those who took it. I took two weeks off to see how chemo would effect me. Then I started back to work doing 5 hour days and slowly moved back up to 8 hour days. Come home... quick nap and then ready to tackle the evening. I wish you the best !!!

      about 6 years ago
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      We began chemo 2.5 months after surgery. Had radiation 5 consecutive days and then a 2 week break. Every post surgical regime is different. We are in a clinical trial for patients after Whipple with non-metastatic disease. Have not returned to work, not able to with this line of work. Plan to return next summer after gaining strength after chemo. Our experience has been that if you are in a line of work that is willing to be flexible with how you are feeling it is certainly possible. No 2 days are alike with chemo we have chosen which is Folforinox. Symptoms and reactions vary during the 6 treatments received. The tricky part is the digestion and eating post Whipple. We have been at a premier center for PanCan and still received guidance on use of Creon and eating...but it is all workable. We are happy to share what we have learned.

      Are you having the Whipple at a center that does many of these procedures every year ?

      about 6 years ago
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      Wishing the best for you on your surgery day. You may look up @russ he is a 13yr. + survivor of stage iv pancreatic cancer. He can help with any questions too.

      about 6 years ago
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