Small study showed high accuracy but hurdles remain, two experts said
by kclemk on Tue Nov 20, 2012 06:53 AM
My father was diagnosed with Stage 3 locally advanced pancreatic cancer last Christmas. After three rounds of chemo and one round of chemo-radiation, he is fortunately a candidate for surgery. As with every stage of this disease, we have different views from two highly qualified surgeons. One at Sloan believes the tissue surrounding the celiac axis is inflammation not cancer. He'll remove the tumor, but doesn't believe the vessels are involved and won't address them (let's hope he's right!). The other at Columbia is certain the tissue IS cancer and would recommend an Appleby to remove the artery, reroute the blood vessels, and then do nanoknife to scrape the remaining vessels. It could be effective, but is also higher risk. And since it's six weeks from when he finished radiation, we have to do the surgery next week, and basically make up our minds before Thanksgiving in order to schedule it.
Has anyone had any experience with this? Advice???
by melissareidut on Tue Mar 04, 2014 05:31 PM
Hi. I hope you and your family are doing well. My mother was diagnosed with the same thing last June 2013. Did your father end up having the Appleby surgery by chance? Do you know of any US hospitals/surgeons who perform the Appleby? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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