Aug 02, 2012 - 2:46 am
I was diagnosed with Duodenal cancer, stage 3, Feb, 2011 and had Whipple surgery March, 2011. Tumor was very aggressive and doubled in size in 1 month. Extreme tiredness preceded the diagnosis but no other symptoms. They looked for the source and found blood loss and after many tests found the cancer. One year later, I'm doing well but concerned about my long time prognosis. My doctor told me there was a greater than 50% chance of recurrence. I am 55 years old. Does anyone have any info about recurrence rates and longevity? Are there any longtime survivors out there? I have a supportive community of family and friends and most of all, I have faith that God will see me through this. I am learning to take each day for what it is and to do things now rather than put them off. (this was my original post, but put it in about me)
Update: Now a year later, I'm 56 yrs, and I've now had a reoccurrence of duodenal cancer (June, 2012) and have to decide on a new treatment plan. My doc is trying to manage the cancer so it doesn't spread to organs. They have turned me down for additional surgery, says there would be no benefit. Have a radiology consult this Friday and considering another chemo retiming. I need ideas and suggestions about how to proceed. I'm with Kaiser Permanent HMO in California which seems to restrict my health insurance options. The reoccurrence is in the lymph nodes which measured 4 cm in June and a month later, increased to 4.7 cm, so I need to start treatment soon.