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If your friend's mom is eligible for the whipple she is very fortunate as this surgery is considered a 'hope' for a possible cure at best, or to buy her a good amount of quality time, at least. You are dealing with a very difficult cancer.
The Whipple is a very large, difficult surgery that should only be done by a very experienced surgeon in a high volume facility. Many have had some complications (including my husband). Recovery can be long. It is also highly recommended that this surgery should always be followed up by chemo or chemo/radiation. There is also a high rate of reoccurance. But there is hope.
Unfortunately there are times the whipple cannot be completed if the surgeon sees cancer in distant organs after he opens up the patient. But by far this surgery is the best chance anyone could have when dealing with a pc diagnosis.
My husband had his surgery in May 04. He fortunately has not had a reoccurance and has a great quality of life. Although he would never want a repeat of the surgery or recovery, he is glad he took the chance.
Keep reading the posts here and everything at the top of the page in blue to educate yourself.
I will be praying for your friend's mom.
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