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2008-08-18 18:00:47

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Twenty-five years ago I had a Whipple operation. My pancreas was removed. The doctor told me I had one year to live. Well, I outlived him. I have to take insulin and digestive pills, but other than that I have no other medicines, and I feel quite well. I'm better off than most of my friends. I just turned 84. How long do people usually live without a pancreas? - W.A. ANSWER: Dr. Whipple's original operation entailed removal of part of the stomach, a portion of the bile...


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