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Given No Chance to Survive with Pancreatic Cancer, Chicago Woman Finds New Life at Northwest Community Hospital
Date:4/20/2010

"I was told by the Mayo Clinic there was nothing they could do," Geraldine Perrotte said of her pancreatic cancer. But the Chicago woman refused to give up in her fight against this deadly disease. Perrotte's persistence led her to the Illinois Center for Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, where the expertise of Dr. Malcolm Bilimoria made the difference in her life.

(PRWEB) April 20, 2010 -- Geraldine Perrotte never lost hope despite the devastating news she heard from doctors at a nationally recognized medical center about a cancerous tumor on her pancreas. The position of the tumor near a major blood vessel made her circumstance grave, and Geraldine was informed in November that she had only months to live.


“I was told at the Mayo Clinic that there was nothing they could do,” said the 63-year-old Chicago woman. “The tumor was wrapped around the portal vein. They told me I had about 10 months to live.”

Geraldine returned home to the Chicago area, but refused to give up in her fight against pancreatic cancer. Her persistence led her to the Illinois Center for Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, where the expertise of Dr. Malcolm Bilimoria made the difference in her life.

In January, Dr. Bilimoria removed her cancerous tumor during an intricate eight-hour operation that involved the Whipple procedure, considered the most complex surgery outside of an organ transplant. Geraldine has remained cancer-free to date, and h
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