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Don't bother if you have an HMO or little money.
BUT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS GET A SECOND OPINION AT A HIGH VOLUME HOSPITAL that treats a lot of pancreatic cancer.
My dad was considered operable, and we checked to see if CTCA could do the surgery there and then treat him. All I got was a run around as I tried to check out the surgeon. They kept telling me that the surgeon was the chief of staff, and 'of course, he was experienced'. Yeah, well, if he's not HIGHLY experienced with pancreatic cancer surgery, you want to go elsewhere.
I got a qualified second opinion for my dad at one of the hospitals on that
docs list that used to come up a lot. He's doing well at this point, but he
went to a HIGH VOLUME HOSPITAL for his whipple.
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