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Feb 23, 2018
Welcome to Mom's Caring Bridge website. Mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on February 18, 2017 after presenting to the Emergency Room with dangerously low potassium levels. After admission to the hospital for fluids and testing, Mom received a diagnosis of adenocardinoma of the pancreas. Pancreatic cancer. The CT scan showed a IPMN (Intraductal papillary mucinous) tumor in the center of the pancreas that was seemingly resectable and surgery was an option - Hallelujah! An endoscopic ultrasound confirmed the findings. Mom underwent a total pancreatectomy on March 9, 2017 at Honor Shea Hopsital in Scottsdale AZ. The surgery was an adaptation from a scheduled Whipple Procedure when cancer cells were located outside of the immediate turmor and in the bile duct. The surgeon, Dr. Albert Amini, is confident that the operation removed the cancer. Mom recovered at hospital for 10 days then skilled nursing care for another week or so. Her post surgery CT scan was clear! She spent a month recovering at home before starting a Gemzar chemo treatments (2 wks on / 1 wk off) on 6/8/17. Mom finished Chemo in Nov. 2017 and her most recent scans (Feb 2018) are clean! She is adjusting to her new normal and feeling better every day! - Mara