The chief surgeon, Vialli’s operation went smoothly in 2017, but the tumor still spread
January 7th Italian football and Juventus star Vialli died of pancreatic cancer at the age of
58 years old.
In an interview with a reporter from Gazzetta dello Sport, Zelby, the surgeon in charge of pancreatic cancer surgery for Vialli in 2017, said that the operation went smoothly at the time, but unfortunately the tumor still spread in the end.
How did you meet Vialli?
"We had known each other at the Humanities Hospital in Milan when he had some symptoms and asked me what caused them. He had jaundice, one of the early symptoms of this tumor."
How did Vialli react after learning he had the disease?
"At that time, Vialli was very brave and kept awake. Later, Vialli sent me his autobiography, which described in detail his feelings about the operation and after surgery."
You performed surgery on him in 2017, did the surgery go well?
Why does the condition relapse?
"It was a successful operation from a technical point of view and it went so well that Vialli was able to go home a few days after the operation. Of course, this was also thanks to his well-trained physique.
"Vialli underwent post-operative rehabilitation and treatment in London, but unfortunately, this tumor is very aggressive, and after a successful operation, the disease may still recur, although Vialli still has the possibility of a full recovery.
Statistics show that only 8% of pancreatic cancer patients are still alive five years after diagnosis.
But compared to other cancers, such as breast or prostate cancer, this rate can rise to 90%. Why is there such a difference?
"The most difficult part is that this tumor is more aggressive than other tumors from a biological point of view, and its location is deep in the abdomen without any capsule, which is difficult to peel off, and means that cancer cells can be in the
Early diffusion in vivo."
"In the absence of symptoms, it is difficult for us to accurately judge the real disease. Now I am working hard to improve the prognosis and later diagnosis of the disease. We have been working on this for many years and have made some substantial progress.
Is there anything we can do to prevent this tumor?
"How can this tumor be prevented? The latest reports point to smoking, sedentary behavior, and obesity as contributing factors to this disease, which may also lead to other cancers, or cause other diseases. In other cases, genetic or gene sequence changes
It can also lead to pancreatic cancer."