Phase One: Chemo and Radiation (November – December)
In order to try and shrink the mass away from two major arteries and veins
This would mean an easier surgery
Involving 28 daily radiation treatments
Weekly Gemcytobene infusions (chemo)
Constant 5 FU Infusion (chemo)
Infusions went through PICC Line to his heart
Side Effects: Nausea, weight loss, ulcers, fatigue
Phase One is Done!!
Phase Two: Recovery and Surgery January - February
Three weeks recovering from Phase One
January 13th: Fast for Dad that the tumor has shrunk- We would love any participation, any way! (Light Candles, “Prayer Warriors”, Meditation, Positive thoughts, etc.)
January 17th: CAT Scan to see if Phase One had an effect on the mass.
January 18th: Meet with surgeon (Dr. Mulvihill) at Huntsman to discuss surgical options. If the mass has gotten smaller, or at least stayed the same, then we go to surgery. If not, we go to surgery!
End of January: Surgery called “The Whipple”
The Whipple involves removing the head of the pancreas, a portion of the bile duct, the gallbladder and the duodenum. Occasionally a portion of the stomach may also be removed. After removal of these structures the remaining pancreas, bile duct and the intestine is sutured back into the intestine to direct the gastrointestinal secretions back into the gut.
The surgery is complicated, and recovery will take a while.
Phase Three: Another round of chemotherapy
More Chemotherapy to make sure we got all of the little cells
Go to Disneyland- anyone is welcome to join us