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Pancreas Cancerwell was posted 01/31/2002 05:02 pm by Shari
It is really hard, if not impossible to judge, but pancreatic cancer is
notoriously hard to diagnose - that said, it could very well be a separate
cancer, if it is indeed cancer - even benign growths in the pancreas are
better off removed, if possible, because they often become cancerous - now,
on to the artery situation - although it is not something that happens very
often, it is possible to undergo the surgical removal of the tumor even with
arterial involvement - if it can't be done at this time, sometimes
chemo/radiation can shrink the tumor away from the artery, making it operable
- MD Anderson, in Texas, has been known to have much success in this area -
also, Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, is great for a second opinion -
Try to get more information - if it is indeed pancreatic cancer, you may want
to take a semester off - or your boyfriend - to attend to your boyfriend's
father's health care - unfortunately, this disease spreads and kills fairly
quickly and without someone actively lobbying on his side, his chances are
not too good - I took off from school and work and really got involved in my
Mom's course of treatment since her diagnosis in August, 2001, and she's now
on the road to recovery - she was lucky enough to be able to have the cancer
removed and is now undergoing follow up radiation and chemotherapy.
Good luck - as you find out more, post questions - the people who post here
are generally very knowledgable and experienced with pancreatic cancer in all
its ugly stages.
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