Jun 19, 2001 - 11:53 am
My mother was diagnosed last month with pancreatic ca, and underwent the Whipple procedure to remove the tumor. All of the duodenum was removed, 2/3 of the stomach and 1/3 of the pancreas. The tumor was growing in such a way as to occlude the common bile duct causing jaundice. The tumor did not show on any CT scans, and the ERCP was not completed due to the tumor occluding the bile duct. The common bile duct was also punctured during the ERCP. Now, just over three weeks post op, she is facing a "failure to thrive" in that she is unable to eat much due to the 2 to 3 ounce pocket left of the stomach, and the lack of taste in any and all foods. What tastes good once does not the next time, and most foods have no taste at all.