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Treatment stage 3 PC was posted 10/27/2018 03:17 pm by Anonymous
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I am somewhat surprised that a surgeon would even undertake a major surgery with only a ten percent change of success. How old is your Mom? Does she have other chronic conditions she is dealing with? I had Whipple surgery 16 years ago as a otherwise healthy 50 year old. It is a very tough surgery and takes long term to recover. You are under general anesthesia for hours which can be a risk especially for elderly patients. Whipple changes your life, and you have to be able to adjust to the changes you need to make - diet, activity levels, patience with yourself and situation, learning to live with your 'new normal'. All of these things are doable, they take time and focus though. I think your Mom's surgery would be more difficult than mine because of the tumor involvement with the blood vessel to the liver. But still as Lillie said, it is your Mom's decision in the end. She is the only one who can make it hopefully fully informed rather than acting our of fear, One of my doctors Mother in Law had surgery for Pancreatic Cancer last year (age 56 in otherwise good health), a very rare type, and the surgery was successful, but she recurred this year in several places - liver, lungs etc. She is now working with specialists pursuing immunotherapy. There has been some success with solid tumors through immunotherapy along with chemotherapy. Although it has been successful mostly with other solid tumors, they are beginning to try it to treat pancreatic cancer. This is what my doctor's MIL is pursuing. You may want to have your Mom discuss this with the John's Hopkins doctors. I think it is trail stage so she would need to qualify for the trail. I hope whatever she chooses, she will have good success and quality of life.

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