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Life After Whipple
Can be difficult: Not for everyone, but the whipple procedure has a 40% morbidity rate. That means 40% of people have a major complication such as pneumonia, abscess, wound infections and most notably delayed gastric emptying. However, unfortunately if you aor someone you know is in need of a whipple the alternative is not attractive either. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes, yes, yes: Sex is an important part of life quality - feel empowered to discuss openly with your transplant team. Some men have difficulty with erections because of hypertension, diabetes and medications they must take - usually treatable. You must also consider possible impact of immunosuppressants on causing abnormal sperm (risk is probably low). Overall, odds are good for being active. Be responsible too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pancreas transplant : Yes, there is. In fact, following successful pancreas transplantation, it is a life of euglycemia independent of Insulin administration. No further need to plan exercise and diet around sugar levels and Insulin dosing. Many diabetic complications stabilize or reverse. No more midnight sugar checks looking for hypoglycemia. Downside: a big operation and the need for lifelong immunosuppression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?
Your best bet: Is to review a question like this with your medical oncologist. There are many different factors that contribute to survival statistics and you want to make sure you're being provided with accurate information. This requires a more complete understanding of your medical/oncologic history. ...Read more
Pancreas transplant : Following successful pancreas transplantation, it is a life of euglycemia independent of Insulin administration. No further need to plan exercise and diet around sugar levels and Insulin dosing. Many diabetic complications stabilize or reverse. No more midnight sugar checks looking for hypoglycemia. Downside: a big operation and the need for lifelong immunosuppression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: "the average survival times for people with mesothelioma have been between 4 and 18 months. But some people live much longer. Between 5% and 10% of people with mesothelioma live at least 5 years after their cancer is found. These numbers tend to be better for people diagnosed at a younger age." http://goo.Gl/itfp9. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, absolutely: The majority of stage 2 colon cancer patients are cured with the surgery alone. A smaller group of stage 2 colon cancers have already spread, but are not evident in the specimen or during the imaging. So the answer to your question is yes, they can, but close follow up is a must. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
10%: If a patient is a candidate for a Whipple, meaning no nodes or spread of tumor at the 1-2yr interval the survival is 10%. This may change since new immunothrapeutics are being developed. It will require a vaccine which turns on humoral immunity to produce the necessary monoclonals to prevent recurrent. The vaccine has been developed for tumor specific protein and not GVAX ...Read more
Im 29 going for ulcerative colitis surgery and then having pouch surgery. Later in life what's the chances of geting pergnant later in life.
Gastric bypass : About 2-3 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
Surgical Oncology: Whipple surgery done; diarrhea 7 days post-op. Soft food diet 2 days ago. Usually resolves itself with solids?
Yes: Hi member 1279133 The Whipple procedure is one of the most invasive abdominal surgeries still being done, and recovery of the gut often takes some time. If your surgeon agrees, using probiotics and a diet with enough bulk and mostly vegetable based should help you recover. Increase in pain, or constipation would be signs you should follow up immediately. Congratulations on surviving!! ...Read more
How long should a patient wait before starting chemotherapy and after the breast cancer surgery ?
12 weeks: Studies have shown that benefit from chemotherapy doesn't begin to drop off as long as it is started within 12 weeks of surgery. I take the type of cancer into consideration, though. For more aggressive breast cancers, i like to start chemo within 4-6 weeks. For the slower growing er+ cancers, within 12 weeks is fine and supported by data. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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