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Your dad was posted 07/31/2004 04:44 pm by mrs
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Hi and welcome to this site. You will get lots of information and people will tell you to go to John Hopkins, but it does matters where you live. There is a better choice surgically on the West Coast if that is closer. My dad was 69 at diagnosis and had the whipple surgery. He lived almost five years after his surgery.

His surgeon is excellent and the more I learned about him, personally I feel he is better than the highly recommended JH surgeon. He has done surgery with vein involvement, plus his bedside manner is wonderful. As for his character, he is the first doctor where I heard nurses say they love him. You rarely get that from a highly skilled and very experienced surgeon.

Come back with specific questions and will get a quick response. Do get copies of all diagnostic and blood tests results on your dad. This way you have a copy of everything done on your dad and makes it easier to send copies for a second opinion. Write down a list of all medications and over the counter things your dad is taking and put it on a file on the computer. You can easily print out a copy before taking him to an appointment so the doctor can see what are his medications. Font size one copy to small print and have your dad keep a copy in his wallet in case he is rushed to an emergency room. It will save time by doing this. Always update the list with any changes and put his name and birthdate on it.

Hope that helps. It is a start. Please list what area you are from. Also call PanCAN at 1-877-272-6226 and ask for a PALS associate. They will give you so much information and send it to you for free. They have the most up to date information on everything surrounding pancreatic cancer. Take care.......Mary

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