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Pancreas CancerMalapsorption? was posted 07/31/2009 09:57 am by Pat O.
My husband (5 yr. Whipple survivor...NED), mentioned last night some issues
he seems to be having...and he RARELY speaks of the cancer or surgery...so I
am a bit concerned. He tells me he is having a lot more loose bowel
movements than usual. Also, he says his energy level is lower than usual.
He was overweight when diagnosed and lost 50 lbs. from the ordeal...which he
has never gained back...which was never an issue because he is still
considered overweight. However he has always been able to maintain his
weight. He ranges anywhere from about 205 to 197 lbs. Now it seems he is
down to 190 lbs. His legs are looking like 'sticks'...seems he has lost all
muscle mass, which of course could be just that he is getting older....it
just does look odd to me because he still has a very large gut, and stick
legs... He does take enzymes faithfully. My thinking at this point is to
again increase the enzymes....or possibly he is developing some food allergy?
He's always been able to eat whatever he wants, and he eats quite
well....but I have read of others who cannot tolerate milk or wheat products
after surgery...so it does make me wonder. Other than these issues he is
He just saw his onc. and his blood work is fine. CA19-9 in normal range. He
will have his annual scan at the end of August...which I am not all that
concerned about (until the time comes, of course!).
Does anyone have any thoughts or advice I could pass along to Charlie?
Sorry this was long and a bit ranting.....
Love and Prayers to all,
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