Familial adenomatous polyposis monitoring, Whipple procedure gave my husband more time

When he was 15, my husband Jesse underwent a colectomy, a procedure that removed his colon. Jesse opted to do this after learning that he had familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), a genetic condition that caused him to develop polyps throughout his gastrointestinal tract and put him at increased risk for colorectal cancer.

This past summer, the pathology report on a polyp removed from his duodenum showed high-grade dysplasia, meaning the polyp looked more abnormal – and more like cancer. Dr. Lynch immediately sent us to Dr. Matthew Katz, who said Jesse needed to undergo a Whipple procedure, a surgery to remove his gallbladder, duodenum as well as a part of his pancreas and stomach.