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Discussion Board16 months Post Whipple was posted 01/21/2005 07:27 pm by Marge/Annapolis, MD
I had a Whipple in Sept. 2003. Dr. Yeo at JHH did the surgery and was great.
They thought I had pancreatic cancer until he got in there and found a tumor
on the bile duct. He called an ampular carcinoma of the bile duct. He took
12 lymph nodes, a half of the pancreas head, and the gall bladder. The
margins of the tumor were clear. The lymph nodes and pancreas were benign.
I had 30 radiation treatments along with Xeloda which started 8 weeks after
the surgery. They gave me a month to recover from the radiation, which only
made me tired toward the end, and then I had 5 more months of Xeloda. That
finished at the end of this past August. I have had 4 catscans since the
Whipple and all have been clear. I think it was worth going through all this
to have a chance to live. I'm 61 and think I'm too young to die yet.
This is my second time dealing with cancer. In l993 I was diagnosed with
Hodgkins lymphoma stage II. The chemo for it was so much more toxic than the
radiation and Xeloda. It was also a 6 month regimen.
I beat it the first time around and plan to do the same this time. You have
to have a positive outlook. I hope this helps you.
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