Feb 22, 2012 - 9:49 pm
I came across this site after numerous searches over the Internet for Whipple Procedure and Bile Duct. My Mom started with this and we are 7/8 months into this still with no real clear answers.
In short this is what has/is going on.
My Mom had a ERCP performed and she had a lot of sludge in her Bile Duct so, they performed what they call a brushing and inserted a stent. The test results that came back showed to be inclusive, but showed Atypical cell (Not always cancerous - Could also be from inflammation)She then had a procedure performed where they went down with a camera and performed a biopsy. The test result came back negative. She is have a node on the top of her pancreas and it states in her medical records that it was negative for malignant cells.
Both these doctors recommended her to a General Surgeon. We met with him this past weekend and he wants to perform and schedule her for a Whipple Procedure. This is what he explained to us. The biopsy came back negative for maglegmant cells and the brushing only showed Atypical Cells. He states the only way to rule out 100% that is was not cancer was to have this procedure performed.
I have been doing a lot a research since yesterday after meeting with him and this is a very risky procedure and of course has us all upset/sad and worried.
He does have her scheduled for a CT scan and have her PSA levels taken. We are suppose to meet back with him next Wednesday.
If these test results come back showing negative, I am so undecided to let my Mom have this surgery (She feels the same way) I don't understand why this procedure has to be done to confirm she has cancer? If he does this risky surgery and she doesn't, then her life can change dramatically from what I have read including death.
I wanted to know if someone else is or has gone through what we are "the un-knowing"
I am going to get a 2nd opinion before any decision is made. If anyone can provide any advice or insight on this situation I am all ears. Sorry I try to give a lot of info, but tried to keep it from being to long
Thanks, Teresa :)