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Cara was posted 04/30/2002 09:15 pm by Steve
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Cara,

As a tumor grows, it also shed cells. These cells flow through the body and lodge in other organs. By the time a tumor is found, it has shed billions of cells. If these cells have already grown into tumors large enough to pick up in a CT or other scan, there are very likely to be many, many little tumors elsewhere that can't yet be seen.

This is why a resection is only done when there are no other obvious tumors. Even then, many whipple patients wind up having recurrances after their operation.

Peace and good luck to you,

Steve

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