Dr. Elizabeth Jafio, a pancreatic cancer specialist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, also points out the patient’s metastasis location or where the cancer has spread. Metastases only arise in the patient’s lungs. Most pancreatic cancer patients have liver metastases that are more difficult to treat.
“I want to see the liver wound heal,” said Dr. Jaffe.
Kathy Wilkes, a patient who has been successfully treated, is 71 years old and lives in Ormond-by-the-Sea, Fla. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
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Mrs. Wilkes’ cancer was fatal.
“All the treatments available to this woman were and failed,” said Dr. Jarnagin, who did not treat Mrs. Wilkes but reviewed her case. Typically, in such cases, the cancer develops resistance to any additional treatment.
“For most, cancer is going to win in that situation – soon,” he said.
Mrs Wilkes noticed the first symptoms, which were later attributed to pancreatic cancer in 2015. He was tired, lazy and suffering from severe pain At first the scan did not show a tumor. But in early 2018, a tumor was seen – a 3.5-centimeter mass on the head of his pancreas.
After his chemotherapy a difficult operation – the whiplash procedure – where surgeons remove the head of the pancreas, the first part of the small intestine, the gallbladder and the bile duct. Then he had more chemotherapy, then radiation and more chemotherapy.
The cancer has left her pancreas, but nodules have appeared in her lungs – metastases. Chemotherapy and radiation continued throughout 2018.
“It simply came to our notice then. I was definitely not ready to die, “said Mrs. Wilkes. “I had this voice inside me, ‘You can make it better.'”