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Surgical oncology: whipple may be the only cure for pancreatic cancer? but, it is a huge operation with many months of recovery? go through it?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Some do. Some don't.: If the outlook is not good, the PATIENT must decide whether to live a better, shorter life, or try for a longer life through more pain and suffering. Life on Earth is always short, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal may be not to live a long life, but to live a good life.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Depends: You are right, a Whipple is a big operation. Fortunately, many patients have a great outcome and the recovery is generally about 8 weeks, not always "many months". True, if you have a complication, it can take this long. It really depends how strong you are going into the operation, the anatomy of your cancer, and your cancer stage. Talk with your surgeon.

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