Topic: Whipple Surgery

Hi Everyone. In to our lives some good news must fall! Teddy just  had his 3 month check-up and all is clean and green!  In fact the DR wants him to loose 10 pounds!
He will have a Scan in March (6 months from the last one) and the DR in April again. His only "complaint" is still being tired so much after a year, but we will take it! Just wishing that all of you could write the same report!!!! Lainy

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Re: Whipple Surgery

Lainy, 

I find  alot of hope in your e-mail.  I found this website a week ago and was eager to share my story and talk to other people who knew and felt what I was going through.  However,  after sharing my fairly positive experience I haven't haven't had any responses.  I began to feel like you perhaps guilty that my husband had a good experience. 

I worry every day about what is going to happen and how we will deal with it when/if it does return.  I read a post from Rhonda and her husband also had the Whipple surgery two years ago.  He had been doing well until recently.  He has begun to have problems.  I just found your post and am encouraged by your positive reports a year after your husband's surgery.  I guess I am dealing with this through denial.  Hoping that since the surgery was a success our nightmare will be over in 6 months after the treatments.  I want you to know that I  definitely find hope in your posts and wish you and your husband the best of luck.   

Cathy

Re: Whipple Surgery

Cathy,

My Mom is in a sort of similar situation as your husband. Mom (age 63) had the whipple surgery in Oct '06. So far, her ct scan and blood tests have come back clean. She is doing really well, walking on the treadmill several days each week. I've heard that staying active during chemo helps alleviate side effects like nausea and can even improve appetite.

She is doing the same chemo regimen as your husband:  Gemcitabine 3 wks on, 1 wk off. 3 wks on, 1 wk off. Then 6 wks radiation, then another few courses of chemo. She is going through chemo right now, and so far the only real side effect is some mild to moderate nausea and lack of appetite.

Best of wishes to you both!

Meghan