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well was posted 01/31/2002 05:02 pm by Shari
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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. Shari.

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