We went to see Dr. Nissen, the surgeon who did my Whipple operation, yesterday, and the news was all good. The open wound is healing nicely, though it might be another two weeks rather than one week before it is fully healed (this is a tribute to my wonderful wife Jen, who after some squeamish moments has handled packing the wound terrifically). The best news, however, is that the post-surgical pathology report came in. The tumor was so big that the surgeons weren't sure whether it was ampullary (confined to the bile duct area) or in the pancreas. It turns out to have been ampullary -- if it had been pancreatic, apparently it would have been tantamount to a death sentence. So the prospects for a full recovery are excellent. We'll do chemotherapy, but it's to make sure no undiscovered malignancy has spread to elsewhere rather than to fight an identified malignancy.
Details about chemo are still to be worked out, but we're feeling optimistic and terrific just now.