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Cara and Vicky was posted 04/30/2002 02:03 pm by Shari
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Cara - I believe that the responses you got more than adequately explained why a whipple is not performed when the cancer has metastasized - it's true, basically, even if a surgeon removed all the 'spots' he/she could see, they could not possibly get the cells that are not visible and there are just so many of those that the whipple would not buy any quality time for the patient - it would be more detrimental than helpful - though I fully commisurate with your wish for a whipple to be done - and I wish that the cancer could have been caught early enough to have been a viable option for your loved one and anyone who gets this cancer.

Vicky - I really don't believe that you overstated how major a surgical procedure the whipple is - while the operative mortality rate at major hospitals has decreased significantly, it is still no easy feat - I read through my Mom's surgical report - this is probably the most invasive procedure done - and it greatly affects the patients quality of life from then on - there are tons of potential complications and it is still an option which must be carefully weighed, rather than jumped at - if it offered a guaranteed cure, it'd be one thing, but with the extremely high rate of recurrence, and the potential and common complications, it's no picnic, that's for sure!

All the best, Shari.

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