Mike was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma, or Bile Duct cancer in July of 2013. He first had cancer in 1999,which resulted in a whipple procedure. According to Web MD, a whipple is “also known as pancreaticoduodenectomy, the Whipple procedure involves removal of the “head” (wide part) of the pancreas next to the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). It also involves removal of the duodenum, a portion of the common bile duct, gallbladder, and sometimes part of the stomach. Afterward, surgeons reconnect the remaining intestine, bile duct, and pancreas.”
Mikes whipple involved taking all but about an inch of his bile ducts,his gallbladder,front half of his pancreas,including all pancreatic ducts,and first 12 inches or so of small intestine. But the good news was that they got all of the tumor which was located at the head of his pancreas.
One of the surgeons we saw recently was looking at Mike very intently. I looked at her and she said she had never even met anyone who had lived 16 years post whipple. She said that most live an average of 5 years. So,my adorable husband really is a miracle!