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I am humbled and
deeply touched by the outpouring of wishes and
prayers offered on my behalf. I wish I could
respond to each of you personally, and maybe
I’ll have that opportunity when I get back to my
4/17) is the big day. My surgeon, one of the
top pancreatobiliary oncology surgeons in the
country, is taking me in for a Whipple
procedure. Yesterday (things are moving really
fast!), the positive news was that my PET scan
did NOT light up anywhere and the pancreatic CT
scan appears to indicate that whatever is there
is confined to the pancreas. The debate is
whether I have adenoCA in the head of the
pancreas or cholangioCA in the common bile duct;
the surgeon is leaning toward the cholangio….
It’s kind of potayto/potahto--either one
requires the Whipple procedure. I will be out
of commission for 6-8 weeks, which means that I
will miss seeing everyone at NCRA’s 40th
anniversary celebration and a few other
meetings and presentations. I hope to be back
on the job by mid-June.
When I get the
path report, I’ll fill in the rest of my
abstract. Thank you for your continued good
April spent 9
hours in the operating room, but the surgeon
says he’s sure he got all the cancer.
recovery right now and I’ll see her a little
later when she gets moved to ICU where she will
probably stay for a day or two.
for all your prayers and good wishes.
Those—along with a super surgeon—made it happen.
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