Women who don't have BRCA mutations could have other high-risk genes that affect treatment choices
by ivor1974 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 04:59 PM
My father was supposed to have whipple op but on the day of the surgery i met the surgoen who only talked about if the op was unsuccessfull what he would do, not to my surprise he didnt carry out the whipples but bypassed the tumour and moved my dads stomoch, im wondering if anyone knows of a sureon who would be skilled enough to carry this op out even if it means removing or working close to main arturies??
by DavefromCT on Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:50 PM
I would recommend Sloan Kettering or Johns Hopkins if you're on the East Coast. I would recommend my surgeon who was affiliated with Sloan but he has since retired. He was very experienced and told me if that chemo didn't shrink the tumor to reduce the risk he would still do the surgery. Ultimately, the chemo worked and he performed the Whipple and I had no complications and am doing great. Bottom line, seek out a surgeon and facility that does many, many Whipples. MD Anderson would be a choice if you are in the TX area. Not sure about the West Coast.
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