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My father had the whipple procedure in the summer of 1998 at age 70 to remove a small tumor located near the bile duct. Since the post surgery pathology report indicted lymph node involvement, my father was treated ASAP after surgery (as soon as he was well enough) with chemo (Gemzar) and radiation. (He was classified at stage 3 due to the lymph node involvement) He has been in full remission since the summer of 1999 and doing great. Every case is different but if your grandfather's health was good prior to surgery and his oncologist is agressive, he needs to 'JUMP' on treating your grandfather as there is no time to waste! My father was weak from the whipple procedure and it took him several months to begin feeling better-probably one year from surgery to feel somewhat better. He had no appetite for months due to the surgery and treatment but it is imperative that he eat nutitriously, even if it is several little meals a day with supplements his doctor will recommend.
I hope this helps you but your grandfather's team of physicians hopefully
will provide him with direction. Please tell your grandfather to never be
apprehensive about asking his doctor(s) questions...it is HIS life and he has
to take control!
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