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Most cysts are benign and are followed for years before a decision to do surgery. These days there are tests that they can do on fluid from the cyst that can help determine which are at risks for evolving into cancer.
I strongly recommend going to see a pancreatic cyst expert before considering Whipple surgery. The Whipple is truly a brutal surgery, and something you only want to do if it is absolutely necessary.
This is a great website for advice on how to monitor cysts and assess risk. It also shows the names of several cyst experts spread throughout the world.
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