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How is a distal pancreatectomy done to treat resectable pancreatic cancer?

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During a distal pancreatectomy, doctors will remove the tail and/or portion of the body of the pancreas, but not the head. This surgery is uncommon for pancreatic cancer, because most tumors arising outside the head of the pancreas are unresectable.

From: Pancreatic Cancer Treatments by Stage WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gunturu, KS. , March 2013. Med Oncol

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gunturu, KS. , March 2013. Med Oncol

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 28, 2018

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