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About 200 people attended the pancreatic cancer conference at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Nov 3. It was inspiring to meet the 50 cancer survivors and their friends and family who attended. In honor of the conference and of pancreatic awareness, Mayo Clinic was lit up in purple lights for the day.
I thought I'd update you on what we learned from the Mayo Clinic experts and patients who presented at the conference. Here are a few highlights:
Feel free to add additional notes if you attended the event, or if you have comments related to the topic. Follow me on Twitter at @SherylNess1. Join the discussion at #livingwithcancer.
Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
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My husband is scheduled for the whipple surgery in a couple weeks. They caught it early due to a kidney stone attack, & found the growth on his pancreas. They said it is not cancerous but the size and the DNA make up can turn cancerous. Is this the proper procedure you normally take? Please advise. thanks!
In your article you mention "Pancreatic cancer can be treated more effectively if it is detected early" Which is the exam or exams that the Doctor may order to know that the pancreas is working fine?
After 7 months of exams, open laparoscopy and wrong treatments, finally my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 2010 at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Since then, he has received chemo and thanks God, he is ok!
I had laparascopic whipple in 11/10 with good results...but there is the constant adjustments of foods to avoid and to eat. I'd love to read more details about the bulleted items you noted which were discussed in the conference. Are they available online? Thanks so much for taking the time to provide this supportive updates!
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