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What is the average life expectancy for a person with pancreatic cancer and who had the whipple procedure?

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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Lymph nodes

The most important variable for survival for patients after the whipple procedure (provided they survive the surgery itself, and presuming that the cancer has been completely removed) has generally been lymph node involvement.
This is generally the best indication that the pancreatic cancer has or has not spread beyond the initial site.

In brief: Lymph nodes

The most important variable for survival for patients after the whipple procedure (provided they survive the surgery itself, and presuming that the cancer has been completely removed) has generally been lymph node involvement.
This is generally the best indication that the pancreatic cancer has or has not spread beyond the initial site.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Dr. Eric Whitman
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In brief: Depends on stage

Life expectancy will depend upon the reason for the procedure.
For pancreatic cancers, the stage and aggressiveness of the tumor together with the completeness of the resection are the most important factors. For benign disease, there is potential for normal life expectancy.

In brief: Depends on stage

Life expectancy will depend upon the reason for the procedure.
For pancreatic cancers, the stage and aggressiveness of the tumor together with the completeness of the resection are the most important factors. For benign disease, there is potential for normal life expectancy.
Dr. Benjamin Kim
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Dr. Gerard Aranha
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: 22 months

This is with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

In brief: 22 months

This is with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Dr. Gerard Aranha
Dr. Gerard Aranha
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Dr. William A Biermann
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Average at 5 years

Is 10- 15 %. It depends on the pathology.
What was the final stage, and nodal status? These things will help give and outcome and life span guess. Remember all the information is an estimate. I would review the path report with the surgeon to get a better idea for an individual.

In brief: Average at 5 years

Is 10- 15 %. It depends on the pathology.
What was the final stage, and nodal status? These things will help give and outcome and life span guess. Remember all the information is an estimate. I would review the path report with the surgeon to get a better idea for an individual.
Dr. William A Biermann
Dr. William A Biermann
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