I was diagnosed at the beginning of November with Stage I PC. I have just completed 4 weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy to attempt to shrink the tumour (was 3cm). At the time of diagnosis it was lying adjacent to the portal vein and they were not sure if they could operate, hence the radio and chemo.
I see the surgeon's on the 3/3/08 and will receive the news if they can operate. I have read a lot of how awful the Whipple's is and also that the recovery time and quality of life after can be poor.
I have lost weight but have now regained my appetite and feel extremely well.
Can anyone give me details of their experiences please, I am juggling my life expectancy against the quality - but my instinct to survive keeps kicking in!
Of course they may say they cannot operate, but I feel so well I believe that the treatment so far must have kicked this little succer in the teeth.
Any comments would be appreciated, it almost feels like I would be signing my own death warrant if I do not agree to the surgery.
Thanks for this wonderful forum
Pauline, Qld, Australia