Oct 06, 2004 - 10:48 am
My husband is 62 years old and diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The tumor was at the head of the pancrease and the Whipple procedure was performed. 10 out of 10 nodes negative for tumor around the surrounding area. However the tumor in the head of the pancrease was cancer. The pyloris preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy was performed on 8/27/04. He has done well with this. The question now is the treatment after the surgery. Chemo and radiation are recommended. The tumor was touching the main blood vessel and they cannot be sure that any micro cells might be there so the next step is the after treatment. The big question is we live 2 1/2 hours from the hospital that did the surgery John Hopkins and according to what we understand the recommended treatment is 5 days a week for 6 weeks have chemo and radiation at the same time. Is this the standard protocol for pancreatic cancer after the whipple and would going to a closer cancer center be ok. Are the treatments the same for this type of cancer. Help I am desperate for answers as we need to start treatment right away. Please contact me as soon as possible...Desperate for help....!