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The tumor is in the head of the pancreas and it has not spread. Chemo starts in 14 days, after he finishes his antibiotics due to an infection from a stent that was placed in his bile duct (this included two hospital stays). The goal at this point is to shrink the tumor so that the Whipple procedure can be performed (hopefully, and successfully).
He is currently a patient within the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh. These hospitals and facilities, when it comes to gastroenterology and cancer, are not ranked. Meanwhile, UPMC Presbyterian (also in Pittsburgh), Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins are all ranked highly in both categories and are all close enough.
How much does it matter that those hospitals are ranked and my dad's isn't? Has anyone had good experiences with Allegheny and pancreatic cancer? Should we go and get second and even third opinions? Obviously, I want my dad in the best possible care, but the oncologist tells us that he will receive the standard care, and that his tumor is straight forward as far as pancreatic tumors in the head go.
Thanks so much for reading, and any help would be so very welcomed.
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