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Posted by jan on October 14, 2000 at 16:19:22:

In Reply to: pancreas islet cell tumor posted by joan on September 29, 2000 at 18:33:09:

: MY HUSBAND, AGE 41, WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH A 15CM ISLET CELL TUMOR ON THE HEAD OF HIS PANCREAS. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IS LOCALIZED. WE FEEL WE ARE IN VERY GOOD HANDS AT SLOAN KETTERING.......GREAT DR, NURSES, STAFF ETC..... THE DR SAYS THE TUMOR IS NOT OPERABLE DUE TO IT BEING SO LARGE AND THE MAIN ARTERY IS INVOLVED MAKING THIS OPERATION IMPOSSIBLE. TREATMENT AT THIS TIME IS NOT DETERMINED. THE DR FEELS THIS IS A SLOW GROWING LOW GRADE CANCER. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WITH THIS TYPE OF PANCREATIC CANCER. LIKE THE DR SAID, IT IS QUITE RARE. ANY INFO WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

My husband, age 49, was diagnoxed on August 29, 2000 with a 5cm islet cell tumor in the head of his pancreas.
The doctors felt they could operate and they did on September 5, 2000. He is home now and doing quite well.
We both would like to chat with you. They did a CT scan, and an anigram (not sure of spelling) to determin
the blood vessel road map prior to surgery. We will share what we know. I know it is a scary
situation. Our best to you. Blue Sky's Jan

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