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Reply was posted 05/27/2014 05:15 pm by 11 year since Whipple
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Mary, Much of what you say, I can agree with. Not everyone has the same experiences after surgery. I did not have Chemo/Radiation treatments and sometimes I wonder if the lingering problems after Whipple are associated with those treatments as much as the surgery. I have known people who are clinically depressed. I have never suffered depression after the surgery. I had a few cases of the 'blues', but they were short lived. It took a while, but I worked out the food issues. One thing I don't do often is eat out. We enjoy cooking, and can control what goes into the dishes we prepare. I can adjust the enzymes because I know what's in them, and I know what the portion sizes are. I have had the Whipple pain, especially the first few years, but I rarely have it now and when it comes, I recognize the onset and can intervene thus making it short duration. As for Whipple or distal surgery 'curing' pancreatic cancer, I can only say what the doctor's have told me. That is: if you are five years out without recurrence, if PC shows up again later, it is considered a new diagnosis. I guess that doesn't matter in the end. I had Whipple in 2002, was diagnosed early stage with no metastasis, and so far, I am OK and have had a good quality of life for which I am grateful. I know others have different outcomes, and I hope for the day when PC can be found early and treated in early stages to give everyone a chance for many more years of good quality life.

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