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Medical Reference Related to Pancreatic Cancer

  1. Whipple Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

    The Whipple procedure is an operation to remove a pancreatic tumor and a lot of the tissue around it. After a large cut is made in your belly, the surgeon will look at the pancreas and other organs in the area, including lymph nodes, to see if the cancer has spread. Tissue samples will be taken for a biopsy. When the surgeon is satisfied that the tumor has not spread and can be removed entirely, he or she takes out the part of the pancreas containing the tumor. The surgeon will also take out the first part of the small intestine, the bile duct, the gallbladder, and nearby lymph nodes. Sometimes the lower part of the stomach is also removed.The goal of surgery is to remove the tumor and some of the normal tissue around it. The normal tissue is examined under a microscope to see if it is free of cancer cells. This is known as getting clear margins. Having clear margins improves the chances—but doesn't guarantee—that all cancer cells have been removed.The second part of the surgery

  2. Pancreatic Cancer - Symptoms

    Pancreatic cancer usually doesn't cause symptoms at first. It's silent and painless. Symptoms usually don't begin until the cancer has spread. They may include:Pain in the upper belly or back.Jaundice. This yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes can happen when the growing tumor presses the bile duct closed.Unexpected weight loss.Loss of appetite.Extreme tiredness.Of course, there are other conditions that cause these symptoms, so they don't necessarily mean you have cancer. But it's important to talk to your doctor if you have any of these problems.

  3. Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs)

    Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors may or may not be cancer. Treatment for these rare tumors depends on what kind they are and how far they have spread.

  4. Pancreatic Cancer Diet and Prevention

    WebMD looks at ways you can improve your health and decrease your risk of getting pancreatic cancer. Learn about lifestyle changes and more.

  5. Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis and Early Detection

    WebMD explains how pancreatic cancer is diagnosed and if there is a way to detect it early.

  6. Pancreatic Cancer Causes and Risk Factors

    Are you at risk for pancreatic cancer? Learn more from the experts at WebMD.

  7. Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

    WebMD examines the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer, including abdominal pain, weight loss, jaundice, and more.

  8. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Pancreatic Cancer

    WebMD provides you with questions to ask your doctor if you've been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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