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Flo was posted 08/31/2007 04:00 pm by Pat O.
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My husband had a Whipple in May 04 - clear margins, positive nodes. He did have radiation. I have read on this board that radiation is used to help prevent a reoccurrance in the bed of the pancreas - a common site for it to reoccurr. It is also my understanding that chemo is used to hopefully kill off any remaining microscopic cells.

Charlie only had 5 Gemzar infusions. Personally I would like to believe having the radiation is one of the reasons his cancer has not come back, but of course I do not know for sure.

One of our long term survivors - Rainmaker (6 yrs, I believe), opted out of radiation (personal choice). His pathology was very similar to Charlie's. He also has not had a reoccurrance.

Other long term survivor - Jane L. (12 yrs), had radiation. Her cancer has not come back, either.

So who knows???

Perhaps you may want to get a second opinion on this.

I wish you all the very best!

Pat

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