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Pancreas CancerLargest IPMN was 3.7cm x 2.7 c was posted 06/25/2015 06:48 pm by Jackie
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Steve was beginning to have a decreased appetite and testing showed numerous
IPMNs in the head and body of the pancreas. His MSK doctor was in favor of
performing the Whipple in June or July 2005 as there were signs that the
pancreatic duct was atrophying. Steve had a PETSCAN prior to going to MSK
and that showed no malignancy so a few more months were allowed for short
term surveillance. By the time of Steve's late November 2005 MSK visit, his
doctor saw more atrophying and said what he could do now in terms of surgery,
he could not guarantee the same type of results if Steve waited six more
months (May 2006) so Steve gave consent to the Whipple immediately after the
New Year. His Whipple was January 3, 2006. IPMNs are a ticking time bomb.
His surgeon said there is a 50/50 chance they could become cancerous in time
but you never know.
Steve has no regrets whatsoever that the Whipple and the subsequent total
pancreatectomy were done. He feels better now than he did in more than 20
years. This condition must have been there for who knows how long. His
mother passed away from lung cancer after a late stage diagnosis and 20 day
hospitalization. We are of the opinion that the lung cancer was a metastasis
and that what she originally had was either pancreatic..bladder or stomach
cancer. She never told anyone how she really felt and we as well as other
family members were in the dark. By the time the lung lesion was found via
bronchoscopy she had a total spread including the brain. So sad and she
might have been given more years to see her teenaged grandchildren establish
lives of their own.
Steve and I have two young grandsons that we watch several times a week.
Yes, there are no regrets.
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