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EUS-FNA Questions was posted 04/30/2007 09:36 am by philsoc8
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As you may recall from earlier posts, my otherwise very healthy mother has a large tumor on the body and tail of her pancreas that is also fully wrapped around the portal vein and mesenteric artery. Her internist and the radiologist who did her CT scan both said that they thought it was cancer, but the surgeon at Sloan-Kettering, while definitive that it could not be resected, wouldn't give a cancer diagnosis without a biopsy. The fine needle biopsy done at her local hospital was inconclusive because they couldn't get to the tumor, so now she is going back to S-K for an endoscopic ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration.

Has anyone ever had this done? Is it a long procedure? What is the recovery like? And most importantly, how long does it take to get the results? As you can imagine, the suspense has been very hard on us, particularly on my mother.

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