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Reply was posted 06/11/2016 05:56 pm by Joan
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I'm sorry to hear that the MSKCC monitoring program wasn't very helpful to you. I had a different experience. I am also in that program because both my father and brother died from pancreatic cancer, in 1993 and 2010. In the summer of 2015, a 6 mm tumor was identified on the body of my pancreas from the MRCP but they could not get a biopsy of it with EUS. It appeared to be a neuroendocrine tumor, not adenocarcinoma. Many radiologists reviewed the scan and came to that conclusion. When I went back to MSKCC 6 months later for another MRCP and EUS, they were able to get a biopsy of the then 1 cm tumor and it was adenocarcinoma. I had surgery (distal pancreatectomy and splenectomy) in January 2016 and started chemo in March. Without the monitoring program, I likely would not have known about the tumor in time to have surgery.

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