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Seeking advice was posted 11/21/2015 04:58 pm by KEYOFDEE
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It's been a number of years since I visited this site regularly. In Oct. 2007 I was diagnosed and treated ( distal surgery, Gemzar and radiation) for Stage I PC. Three months ago I was diagnosed with a recurrence when I presented in the local ER with a complete blockage and jaundice. I was sent to Hopkins where the blockage was cleared, then had three infusions of FOLFIRINOX which reduced the 4.5 cm tumor in the remaining part of my pancreas to almost not detectable. I am also taking a Chinese herbal formula. I'm scheduled to have Whipple surgery at Hopkins in January to remove the rest of the pancreas but there is a 20-25% risk of liver failure after surgery because the celiac artery has been compromised and will have to be reconstructed. That bothers me, as well as the fact that I will be Type I diabetic and on prescription digestive enzymes for the rest of my life. There is a one in three chance that the surgery will completely cure the cancer. My question is what can I expect in terms of quality of life after surgery. I'd love to hear from anyone who is dealing with these issues currently or anyone who has known of someone who has. I am aware of how fortunate I am to be eligible for this surgery and how amazing my response to the chemo was, not to mention that I survived almost eight years before the cancer came back. Thank you for reading this. Prayers for everyone who is dealing with this rotten cancer.

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