May. 5, 2016

Whipple Complete

My dad told me that he went through all these post one night before his surgery when he was unable to sleep. I know that I posted how the surgery went on Facebook but I'm posting it here so if he goes through these again...he knows that he is a hero. We love you so much dad. Keep fighting and we will all be here supporting you.

Surgery Update: My dad is out of surgery after 9 hours. The good news is that he is out and in the ICU. It turns out that it was a lot worse than we knew. We thought that the tumor on the pancreas was the size of a lime and the spots on his liver there pen tip size.

It turns out that the tumor on his pancreas was the size of an orange and the liver cancer spots are the size of peas. Thankfully, they were able to remove the tumor on the pancreas (the main tumor) but it was pressed up against the artery so the surgeon had to knick the artery to get the whole thing. That, of course, was patched so he has to be watched to make sure he does not bleed internally. Once he removed the head of the pancreas it exposed his lymph nodes...those too had cancer on them which we were unaware of. They had to be removed. His bile duct and gallbladder were filled with liquid so they had to be removed as well. After the removal of the head of the pancreas, the lymph nodes, the gallbladder, and bile duct, the typical things were removed for a Whipple (part of the small intestine, etc).

The surgeon did not think he was going to be able to get it but thankfully he was able to. I am so glad that we found a surgeon so knowledgeable. It is scary to know that the scans were not very accurate and could not see everything.

My dad will have to take chemotherapy pills. Luckily, the surgeon took the time to remove one of the liver cancer spots to do a biopsy of it to determine if they are small or fast growing.

Now we wait and see....hope and pray. My family gets to see him in an hour. Thank you for all your support and prayers. Please keep it up as this continues to be a very frightening journey.