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Reply was posted 05/31/2001 07:12 am by Fran
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Hi Chen,

My husband had jaundice and all sorts of tests and scans including a spiral CT done all of which revealed nothing. The only thing that confirmed his tumor was an EUS, an ultrasound that is performed in a similar manner to an ERCP. That determined his mass was approx 2-3 cms and they biopsied it and found it was pc.

He had the Whipple, but is still in critical condition 2 weeks after the surgery and has yet to regain consciousness. He is one of the unlucky ones it seems as not many have this level of post surgical complications (the operation itself was a success).

My husband wanted to wait until we had a confirmed diagnosis of pc before he had the Whipple, by the time he did it has spread to 8 out of 12 nodes. We will never know if he had had the Whipple immediately they suspected pc if this spread would not have occurred and it is pointless to dwell on it, but certainly it is best not to take too much time, especially as so few are surgical candidates.

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