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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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