non-operative?

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non-operative?

by amazon on Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:00 AM

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We think my 85-year-old father has ampullary cancer.   He just had tests on his heart and the cardiologist doesn't think he should have surgery.  He says he has about a 20% chance of dying either during surgery or after because of the surgery.  He would also have a difficult recovery - in the hospital for months.  We're going to speak to the surgeon about options.  The cardio doesn't think we should do any more exploratory procedures - "why bother if you're not going to operate?"

Does anyone have any similar experiences?  How long would he have without surgery?  Are there other treatments?  Would the disease be more painful without surgery?

My father doesn't know yet that he "failed" the heart tests.  I'm afraid that he'll feel that the surgery would give him more hope but that surgeons may refuse to operate. 

 

 

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by getbackjojo on Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:00 AM

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I would get a second opinion from another cardiologist. And if your father has a 20% chance of dying during the surgery or after the surgery, that's not a very great chance. As for how long he would have if he does not have the Whipple, I don't know. That depends on what stage he is at.

If your father does decide to have the Whipple, make sure you go to a "high volume" hospital. That is, go to a hospital that does 100 Whipples a year, not one or two. This is a brutal surgery, and you want someone with a lot of experience.

 I wish you the best.

RE: non-operative?

by jedwar2 on Tue Oct 27, 2009 07:47 AM

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On Apr 01, 2009 12:00 AM getbackjojo wrote:

I would get a second opinion from another cardiologist. And if your father has a 20% chance of dying during the surgery or after the surgery, that's not a very great chance. As for how long he would have if he does not have the Whipple, I don't know. That depends on what stage he is at.

If your father does decide to have the Whipple, make sure you go to a "high volume" hospital. That is, go to a hospital that does 100 Whipples a year, not one or two. This is a brutal surgery, and you want someone with a lot of experience.

 I wish you the best.

Hi, I am going through a very similiar experience with my mother who is 80 and was also told she would not survive the surgery.  This has all happened in the last month and we are meeting with an oncologist tomorrow. 

How is your father now? 

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