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biopsies not awful was posted 10/11/2017 01:14 pm by EileenC
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I'm sorry you have to go through this. Just a couple things My husband had PC and unfortunately did not survive for a long time, but he went through several procedures you may be presented with.

There a couple types of biopsies....the ones Frank had were Endoscopic Ultra sound, where you are sedated, they put a tube down your throat and get a piece of tissue to biopsy. The next type is a Fine Needle Biopsy, where they 'freeze' an area, you are awake and alert, and they use a small needle to go in and extract a sample from your pancreas. This is done in the X-Ray area (at least is was in our hospital) and lastly, a Surgical biopsy, which is exactly what it sounds like. You would go into surgery and most likely, using a laproscope (spelling) the MD would visually get a look at your abdomen, pancreas and take a piece of tissue. Frank had all the above, and each piece of tissue, except for the surgical, did not show any cancer cells. So you have to be aware that could happen. Like you, they knew a mass was there, but the needles never grabbed any confirmatory cells. The surgery for PC is what, I believe, other's have mentioned. And it is called the Whipple. It's a beast of a surgery. Long recovery time. So, you would have to weigh your options very carefully. Good luck with this.

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