MUCH GOOD LUCK! Remember the ad for toilet paper when they would say, “don’t squeeze the Whipple?” or maybe that was just in the USA. But that is what I always think of. GERRY! I just realized that where yours is, that is where Teddy’s is!! He had his Whipple 5 years ago but the new spot is in the Ampula of Vater and is 3 cm. Gosh, just don’t know if he would go through another Whipple at 77. He keeps saying no more surgery. He had the Whipple 2 x as the first was aborted after 4 hours. No cyber knife, huh? We will be saying prayers for you and Teddy will light a candle as he goes to Mass every morning.
For such a major operation the whipple has a very pleasant-sounding name, like ice-cream – they really need to call it something else. Anyway, I’m booked-in for a whipple on Thursday at St Vincent’s, Dublin and I need your good thoughts and prayers, again. I was diagnosed last September with CC in the distal area – the tumour is located in the Ampulla of Vater. My first whipple operation last December failed as I had a temporary inflammation of the pancreas (caused by the ERCP while putting a stent in place). While waiting for the inflammation to clear, I’ve had 3-months chemo and I’m now ready for a 2nd whipple. This site has been a fantastic resource and thanks for your help so far on this journey.