Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Options

There are a variety of treatment options for pancreatic cancer depending on the size and location of the tumor, whether the cancer has spread and the overall health of the patient.   Dr. David Kooby, surgical oncologist at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, describes the surgical treatment options available to patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Procedures include:

Whipple Procedure or Pancreaticoduodenectomy: this method is used when the tumor is in the head of the pancreas. The surgeon removes the head of the pancreas and parts of the bile ducts, small intestines and stomach.

Distal Pancreatectomy: in this procedure, the body and tail of the pancreas are removed in addition to the spleen.

Total Pancreatectomy: the entire pancreas is removed along with part of the small intestine, a portion of the stomach, the common bile duct, the gallbladder, the spleen, and nearby lymph nodes.

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