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    Procedure or Surgery (Biliary Drain)

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    Procedure or Surgery (Biliary Drain): On day 2, Dad began to run a fever. It was determined that there was an infection. The question was where was the infection source. The gastrointerologist felt the biliary drain was the source of the infection. This hospital stay was for 12 days.

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    Procedure or Surgery (ERCP): During ERCP the doctor had hoped to put in a stent and biopsy the mass. He was not able to get through to the area because of the blockage and was not able to place the stent. He did do a biopsy but was not sure if it contained the correct cells.

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    Oh No (Misdiagnosed): 10 days of intense head to toe itching was diagnosed as dermatitis. Two doctors later and a blood test followed before jaundice was noticed in the eyes. A CT scan found a mass on the pancreas probably blocking the bile duct. Immediate hospitalization followed.

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      My pancreatic cancer also began with itching, loss of appetite and skin yellowing. After the stent was inserted, my appetite returned and the skin discoloration subsided. Still have Whipple surgery in the near future and hopes are that chemo has reduced the tumor size.

      about 4 years ago
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    I am new to this website and still figuring out how all this works but I wanted to connect with you as I'm caring for my father who lives in the Dayton area. He is a young looking 76 year old fairly healthy man until being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on June 27, 2012. He was so healthy at that point that it was a shock! He was scheduled for a Whipple in Dayton for the beginning of August, but had one complication after another and spent basically the rest of the summer in the hospital. The Whipple had to be postponed until he was healthier and we made the decision to move my parents to my house in the Cleveland area and see a Cleveland Clinic doctor. He had more problems up here and was hospitalized at Cleveland Clinic for another 10 days! He finally was strong enough to have the Whipple surgery at the beginning of October, but the surgeon found he was not able to remove the tumor afterall so he only performed biliary and gastric bypasses. There were more complications after that and at one point we thought we were going to lose him. He was hospitalized for three weeks following that. I'm happy to say that he is doing great now! He is eating well and feeling strong! He is still living with my family and is seeing a Cleveland Clinic oncologist. He is scheduled to being the first round of Gemzar next week. We are so hoping that he doesn't have any side effects!

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      The side effects vary from person to person. I was fortunate in that even the more aggressive chemos didn't cause too many. They will likely give your father an anti-nausea med with his chemo. It sounds like he will do just fine.

      about 4 years ago