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Sunday, March 1, 2015
when the whipple has been done and all the cancer has not been removed, what is the life expectincy with and without chemo.
If this questions implies having positive margins, i.e. gross cancer removed but minimal cancerous cells found on pathology, then median survival (50% of patients will live) around 12-14 months with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. If not therapy is given this will be lower with a range 6-10 months.
Malek Safa, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati