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whipple was posted 07/30/2014 11:43 am by Trish
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Hi Crissy, I'm new to this board as well. I can't speak to your chemo question, but I wanted to share what my family has gone thru over the last four weeks. My mom, age 69, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer one month ago. She was told that the mass was pressing against a main vein or artery in or near the liver, and the surgeon felt that the Whipple was too risky. 4-5 months of chemo was recommended, before attempting surgery. Got a second opinion at another hospital, and she had Whipple surgery last Tuesday. Doing well for the moment. I guess I'm trying to say, you or your mom might want to talk to another doctor, for another opinion. My mom's surgery was done at NY Pres/Columbia, a much bigger hospital than where she started. It's extremely overwhelming and exhausting to process all the information, all while trying to move quickly and make intelligent decisions. And I realize each case is slightly different, but you might be offered another option with a second opinion. My best to you and your mom.

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