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radiation during surgery was posted 07/31/2006 11:52 pm by Anonymous
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A friend's husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the 1980s and had surgery to remove his entire pancreas. He also had radiation during surgery, which was considered new and experimental at that time. He recovered and then had chemo and probably more radiation afterwards. He had a good 15 months, but then he developed internal bleeding that couldn't be treated and he passed away. His wife was very grateful for the quality time that they had, but when he started to bleed, she knew that he couldn't survive, and he didn't. I heard her story and wondered why they seem to have discontinued the radiation during surgery.

Some procedures and treatments 'go out of style'. Perhaps the docs have figured out a better way to do it, without doing too much damage with the radiation.

Good luck, and let us know how your brother does.

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