Take part in live Q&As with our Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurses
Forum rules
Please see the messages in our "Rules" section
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:19 am

Pancreatic cancer stage

Postby Sangavasre » Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:58 pm


I had Wipple surgery one year ago. Post surgery I have a many complications like leak in connection so I had gone through double surgery within a week. After that I had 3 times bleeding and one month high fever. But some how I have survived my surgeon said I am very lucky.
Post surgery my biopsy report came It's T2N0Mx stage. My DR said it's in early stage no need of chemotherapy.

Is it's good I don't need chemotherapy.

Please advice me


Re: Pancreatic cancer stage

Postby RichardJ » Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:09 am

I wasn’t given chemo as the oncologist didn’t think I needed it. Also, if I was given chemo and something came back he said they had to be careful about giving me another dose. Trust the experts. They know a thing or 2. I had my surgery 12 years ago so be happy & enjoy life

Posts: 1
Joined: Fri May 01, 2020 12:36 am

Re: Pancreatic cancer stage

Postby Анне » Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:23 am

Sounds like they caught it early and you have been lucky. It hasn't spread beyond the pancreas into the lymph nodes or beyond. Do you feel you still should have had the chemo? I thought perhaps it was standard procedure (perhaps wrongly - sorry) to have chemo to mop up any potential stray cells?

Chemo is brutal so maybe if its not necessary that's a good thing? There's normally so little good news to take from this disease, I might be satisfied with this outcome.

Good luck and stay healthy.

Kevin Wells

Re: Pancreatic cancer stage

Postby Kevin Wells » Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:22 am

I think you should go and consider a specialist doctor for it.

Thank You
Kevin Wells

PCUK Nurse Rachel R
Posts: 91
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:52 am

Re: Pancreatic cancer stage

Postby PCUK Nurse Rachel R » Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:26 pm


It's Rachel here, one of the nurses. Thanks for your question Sangavasre and thanks for folks' replies. Standard practice is for Patients to have post surgical chemotherapy, also called adjuvant chemotherapy, after surgery to remove pancreatic cancer. This is because giving chemotherapy post operatively 'mops' up any microscopic cancer cells that are not able to be seen, and it reduces the risk of the cancer returning. There will be exceptions to this, this is because giving chemotherapy to some people would mean putting them at greater risk, therefore it is important to highlight that this will come down to the specific individual involved. Guidelines highlight that adjuvant chemotherapy should begin within 12 weeks of surgery for it be most effective.

I hope that helps provide some clarity.


Rachel Richardson
Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurse
Support Team
Pancreatic Cancer UK
email: nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk
support line: 0808 801 0707

Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:14 pm

Re: Pancreatic cancer stage

Postby Skippy » Thu Nov 05, 2020 1:48 am

My 74 year old brother was lucky last Aug 2020. On a regular blood test (Warfarin taker for blood clot in his 40's) the Dr urgently asked him to attend hospital. He had no symptoms apart from " green coloured urine" and "an itchy skin. On hospital examination they found a tiny 'lesion to the Pancreas head' by Sept 17th 2020 he was in a hospital undergoing 8 hrs surgery for the Whipple op. His medical attention was so fast tracked.
On day before his surgery I could see he had jaundice by his face being so yellow in colour. He did well to recover the Whipple. He was in 6 weeks as leakage took some time to dry up. On release he was handed Creon.
After 3 months of building strength in Dec 2020 he begun the recommended Chemo at his local hospital. He had this to mop up any stray cells. He was naturally frightened and I accompanied him. I can say that he had no nausea, no sickness. His reaction was just fatigue. He had similar experience during another 6 sessions. Extreme fatigue only.
Unfortunately due to Covid by March his chemo has halted half way.
His hobby was ball room dancing and singing in his local choir pre lockdown but this I am sure has been his focus and thinking positive thoughts on his disease and treatment. He is now nearly 14 months post whipple. He has had low days of digestive problems and I spend my time on line searching for answers for him from dietary advice to ' times pre foods to take creon' its a trial and error at times. He is just grateful the blood test picked this up/the NHS fast tracked and gave him the opportunity of the Whipple.
So far we thank God. (His sister)
He is widowed and lives alone.