stage 3 pancreatic cancer

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stage 3 pancreatic cancer

by mazfleming on Thu Feb 18, 2010 01:17 AM

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my mother was diagnosed at xmas with stage 3 pancreatic cancer. the doctors here (in ireland) said it was intertwined around blood vessels and they could not operate they recommended a course of chemotherapy which will give her a year to live they hope. my brother lives in germany and he went to the heidleburg institute which specialise in pancreatic cancer they said they would operate i presume this is the whipple procedure. the doctors here said that the whipple procedure is done in ireland but they say my mother is not suitable candidate yet the doctors in germany say they can operate. we are very confused. can anyone help?

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by Joan_l_3 on Thu Feb 18, 2010 04:10 PM

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mazfleming,

Sorry about your mother's diagnosis.

Have the German docs seen her test results, ie the CT scans, EUS, MRI, etc?  If not, I don't see how they can say they can perform the Whipple.  If they have seen the rresults, bear in mind that some surgeons are more aggressive than others and that may be what is going on here.  If your mother is able to travel to Germany, why not give it a go; you have nothing to lose.  If when they see her they can't do surgery you aren't any worse off than before.

Good luck.

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by mazfleming on Thu Feb 18, 2010 07:05 PM

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thanks yea they have seen the ct scans. she is prepared to go over to have more scans and then see what the doctors have to say. she is responding very well to the chemo at the moment she says she feels better than she felt even before she was diagnosed. we're just hoping for a miracle at the moment.

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