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I'm a survivor was posted 04/30/2008 02:16 pm by B. GA
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Is your Father making this decision based on recommendations of the surgeon and other doctors? I had Whipple surgery five years ago with no additional treatment. My case is VERY rare, the cancer was caught very early and the medical team that handled my surgery/treatment saw no reason to refer me for chemo/radiation. It's a tough call. I understood the risks. If I was making the same decision today and the doctor was even 50/50 on chemo yes/no, I would likely opt for chemo. In my case, the surgeon said specifically no need for further treatment. I had lots of confidence in the surgeon and for lack of a better way to put it, I had a gut feeling I was getting the right advice. So far, everything has worked out for me. I know there is no guarantee the PC won't come back. It is something we all live with, whatever treatments we have or have not had.

I understand that it is tough for the family, but the patient has to make this decision himself, hopefully following advice of his doctors. I feel for your Dad, and hope everything turns out good for him. (I was 50 at time of surgery.)

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