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stats and whipples was posted 04/30/2002 01:30 pm by Shari
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First, you are not a statistic - you are a person with pancreatic cancer - the statistics for pancreatic cancer are awful - the life expectancy, for those who cannot or do not have a whipple is horrible - (there is the occassional exception, but that is extremely rare) - the statistics for those who do have a successful whipple is also horrible, but better - it is your only chance for a real cure from this disease - so, would you rather possibly live - or possibly die - that is the question -

I strongly suggest you read through past postings on this topic - I found posts by Paul Lester (a patient who did undergo a whipple) - to be wonderfully helpful in dealing with this issue with regard to my Mom's potential whipple -

Also, I don't know how they could know that you are a stage II without having done the surgery - since they can't know if it is in any local lymph nodes without removing and testing them - if it's indeed the case, great - but be prepared for at least one lymph node to test positive - that is the most common scenario - and it isn't a death sentence, with follow up treatment, especially.

Good luck, it's no easy decision. Shari.

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