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Largest IPMN was 3.7cm x 2.7 c was posted 06/25/2015 06:48 pm by Jackie
E-mail Address: AriesJB4@aol.com

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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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