Cancer patient survives after rare surgery

The life of a six-month pregnant lady was saved after a Whipple surgery at Fortis hospital

The life of a six-month pregnant lady was saved after a Whipple surgery, which was conducted in the Fortis Hospital in Delhi. Fahima, who hailed from Afghanistan was suffering from pancreatic cancer and was unable to undergo chemotherapy as she was pregnant.
Whipple surgery is done to treat pancreatic cancer, where the gall bladder, a section of the upper part of the small intestine (called Deodenum), the lymph nodes near the pancreas and the head of the pancreas is removed. This surgery is done to prevent the spread of pancreatic cancer, a type of bile cancer called 'cholangiocarcinoma', ampullary cancer, benign pancreas cancer. 
It was in the year 1930 when American physicist Allen Whipple conducted this surgery for the first time. Another name for this surgery is 'Pancreatiduodenectomy".
The life of a six-month pregnant lady was saved after a Whipple surgery, which was conducted in the Fortis Hospital in Delhi. Fahima, who hailed from Afghanistan was suffering from pancreatic cancer and was unable to undergo chemotherapy as she was pregnant.
It was in the year 1930 when American physicist Allen Whipple first conducted this surgery for the first time. Another name for this surgery is 'Pancreatiduodenectomy".
As per the surgeons at the Fortis hospital, chemotherapy could not be given to Fahima as she was pregnant and her uterus was already quite large and above the umbilicus. It was already obscuring access to the pancreas.
Whipple surgery is done to treat pancreatic cancer, where the gall bladder, the section of the upper part of the small intestine (called Deodenum), the lymph nodes near the pancreas and the head of the pancreas is removed. This surgery is done to prevent the spread of pancreatic cancer, a type of bile cancer called 'cholangiocarcinoma', ampullary cancer, benign pancreas cancer.
Pictorial image of the Whipple Surgery
Image: Pictorial image of the Whipple Surgery
As per the surgeons at the Fortis hospital, chemotherapy could not be given to Fahima as she was pregnant and her uterus was already quite large and above the umbilicus. It was already obscuring access to the pancreas.
As said by Amit Yadav, the Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at the Fortis Hospital, all the necessary measures were taken prior to the surgery. It was informed that the surgery took four hours which was done without 'moving the baby'.
The post-operative results show that the baby was fine and Fahima was healing and was discharged after 7 days of the surgery.
As said by Amit Yadav, the Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at the Fortis Hospital, all the necessary measures were taken prior to the surgery. It was informed that the surgery took four hours which was done without 'moving the baby'.
The post-operative results show that the baby was fine and Fahima was healing and was discharged after 7 days of the surgery.



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