Women who don't have BRCA mutations could have other high-risk genes that affect treatment choices
by plloomis on Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:26 PM
I need recommendations for Whipple procedure in Northern Indiana area. My mother is 82 yrs old and has been told that she needs to have a 2cm tumor removed, procedure sounds terribly dangerous.
by Whippleschmiple on Sun Jan 20, 2013 07:59 PM
There are two NCI centers in indiana, and she would have to either do neoadjuvant treatment first soon (chemo and, or radiation) or have the whipple very soon from a surgeon and hospital that does A LOT of them. I have met survivors in 80s and heard of some whipple patients as old as 90s. It is a surgery that requires a lot of nutrition support and moving /walking after to heal, recover, but it is doable. I had mine 2 1/2 yrs ago and lead a normal life. The two NCI centers in Indiana are: Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis and Purdue University Center for Cancer Research in West Lafayette.
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