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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.

SOURCES:

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

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gunturu, KS. Med Oncol, March 2013.

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 26, 2020

SOURCES:

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

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gunturu, KS. Med Oncol, March 2013.

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 26, 2020

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