Re: whipple [00146] Medicine On Line

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Re: whipple

>dear friends:
>I'd like to know a little about the success of the whipple operation
>for pancreatic cancer victims. My mother is considering this treatment.

The Whipple procedure is a very involved, multiorgan surgical procedure... I 
believe it runs 7-9 hrs of surgery, presuming no complications. The Whipple is 
used for early stage pancreatic cancer...when the cancer is very localized.

For later stage pancreatic cancer, there is a new drug in clinical 
trials...gemcitabine (commerical name is Gemzar from Eli Lilly and Company) in 
clinical trials (your mother's physician can probably get into the trial).

E. Loren Buhle, Jr., Ph.D          INTERNET: BUHLEL01@MCRCR6.MED.NYU.EDU
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