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    Celebration (Cancer is Gone): Thought I'd post an update to close out this account. Thankfully, the Whipple was the cure for my mother. All margins were clear and it did not spread. My mom's 6 month scan turned out clear and she goes for her one year next month. She's doing fantastic. We are so fortunate.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): My mom just had the Whipple yesterday. Doctor said it went very well and they did not see any signs of cancer anywhere else although a lymph node was enlarged so we are preparing ourselves that she might need chemo and radiation.

    Today, the day after surgery, has been rough. She's had nausea and dry heaving which has put her in a lot of pain. Her blood pressure is very low - possibly from the epidural they said. And her blood sugar is a little high. Any advice for the first few days post-Whipple are greatly appreciated.

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      Hi NikkiV, Whipple is a major surgery. Each of us responds differently and my advice is to take it one day at a time. A bad day today could turn around completely by tomorrow. Since the Doctors' and Nurses' are monitoring your mother closely, they will advise her and you according to her progress which can take some time.

      almost 4 years ago
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      Hi NikkiV, how is your mom doing?

      almost 4 years ago
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      I ditto chargerdeb's question and hope your mother is healing well from her Whipple surgery. For me it took a few weeks or so before I could move past the nausea. Whipple places one's digestive tract on a whole new learning curve. I have found white rice to be settling if that's of any help.

      almost 4 years ago
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    Hi! I found you through a search. My mom is 64 and was diagnosed last month with Ampullary cancer. She just had the Whipple yesterday and dr's didn't see any signs of cancer anywhere else although did say one of her lymph nodes was enlarged. Waiting on path results. Today's been a rough day for her - low blood pressure, nausea, dry heaving, pain. Any advice on what to expect first few days? When did your husband's chemo start after surgery?

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      My husband is 73, sounds like your mom's cancer is similar to his. It is pretty tough for awhile after surgery. It is very important for her to walk, even when she doesn't want to. Everyone is different after this major surgery, patience is needed and get all of the support you can. It took my husband awhile to get his strength back after surgery, so his surgeon heald off before starting chemo. It was 2 1/2 months before starting chemo. He has just finished radiation and will see the Dr. next week to see what is next, she is thinking about oral chemo for a few months. There is a FB page called Whipple Surgery Survivor Group, it is closed, just request to get in. There is a LOT of information there. Hope all goes well for your mom. Don't hesitate to ask anything.

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