PC and just told cannot have the whipple surgery done

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PC and just told cannot have the whipple surgery done

by grshar405 on Wed May 07, 2014 12:22 AM

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I am sad to say that my brotherinlaw diagnosed around christmas time cannot have the procedure done. He had 4 weeks of chemo and then went in Friday but when they opened him up they found the tumor could not be removed because it was attached to his small intestine-colon-duodenum and 1 other place I cannot remember now. I feel terrible because he has been a prisoner in his own home since December because of the constant vomiting. He has been on TPN also since probably February and not been able to eat much. The doctors say they cannot do anything. Do you think Chemo will help at this point or make him more sick

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by Traceyg on Wed May 07, 2014 01:02 AM

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Hang in there I went 2weeks ago to have Whipple procedure same thing it was in the head of the pancreas but also invaded my artery so they couldn't remove it they done some sort of bypass while I was under so I'm recovering after that the pain and the vomiting has bein dreadful I'm just waitin to heel from this op and then I start chemo when your brother in law had his chemo did it shrink it at all good luck with it all Tracey

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by grshar405 on Wed May 07, 2014 02:52 AM

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they had originally said it was the size of a plum but when they opened him it was the size of an orange. The surgeon said it did not shrink.

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by Melissa37920 on Wed May 07, 2014 05:13 AM

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I have faith that the chemo can work. My mom who has since passed on, was originally diagnosed in November 2008 with pancreatic cancer, stage 4B. She had gone in for the whipple and they were going to remove the tumor from her pancreas and also reconstruct some of her digestive tract. Unfortunately, they were not able to fully complete the surgery because spots on her liver were discovered. The doctor said it would be too risky and could cause it to spread if any of that was disturbed. Mom did have her gallbladder out but the original intent of the surgery was not able to be followed through. The news was broken to us that more spots were discovered and if she had chemo her prognosis would be a year and a half at the most and without it would be 6 months. Our family chose to believe that only God knew how much time she had..and He was in control of the situation..because at this point the only thing we could do was have faith. My mom did infact respond well to the chemo and took it for a little over 3 years. She even went in remission once..and we thought we could put her whole sickness out of our minds. Even when the disease returned, my mom never gave up faith, never complained, never stopped hoping. She went about her life in the most normal way possible..and I can truly say, she was so amazing and I feel blessed that she was my mom- I love and miss her so much at times it just overwhelms me. I am here to say though, have faith that the chemo will work..the doctors may have a lot of knowledge and expertise, but ultimately The Lord is the keeper of our life, and I believe He will see you through if you put your trust in Him. Take care and I wish the best for you all!

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by debistalnaker on Wed May 07, 2014 06:40 PM

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There is possibly another option, the nanoknife. My Dad was inoperable and Dr Kortz used the nanoknife to kill the tumor. Dr Kortz is one of very few doctors who use the nanoknife on pancreatic cancer. Dr. Kortz is at Swedish Medicsl in Englewood Colorado. Good Luck. Please feel free to ask questions. 

My Best, Debbie

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by Carien on Wed May 07, 2014 07:17 PM

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"the doctors cannot do anything?" they can try chemo or switch chemo if the one he is on doesnt have enough effect. And indeed, you can try and see if nanoknife is an option. 
I was diagnosed as inoperable, could not eat anyore, stomach had stopped working (hardly any peristaltic movement), too weak to walk etc etc.... for me nanoknife was no option (tumor too big and health too bad) everyone including all drs thought I'd probably be dead before 2013 would be over. But am still here, doing well, almost 15 months since diagnose. So stay positive, take it a day at a time, and each step forward is one step in the right direction.

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by grshar405 on Thu May 08, 2014 12:15 AM

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Carien: Thank you so much. That sure gives me hope

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by grshar405 on Thu May 08, 2014 12:15 AM

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Thank you so much

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