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The real question to determine is at 85 what does your dad want to do about it and/or the prostate cancer? Treatment is an option for sure but so is not treating it. The whipple is big surgery at any age and at 85 it could be a lot tougher. I know that JHH has operated on some fairly senior citizens.
Some questions to consider:
- how aggressive it is? Some cancers can be slow growers especially in the elderly. - is surgery an option or necessary? - would chemo be an option or necessary? - what is the likelihood that he would die from something else?
What overall health decisions has he and your mom made about how much and how far do they want to go?
I hope that you can have some more open communication with both your parents about this.
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