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How is a Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) done to treat resectable pancreatic cancer?

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During a Whipple procedure, or pancreaticoduodenectomy, a surgeon removes the head of the pancreas and sometimes the body of the pancreas, parts of the stomach and small intestine, some lymph nodes, the gallbladder, and the common bile duct. The remaining organs are reconnected in a new way to allow digestion. The Whipple procedure is a difficult and complicated surgery. Surgeons and hospitals that do the most operations have the best results.

About half the time, once a surgeon sees inside the abdomen, pancreatic cancer that was thought to be resectable turns out to have spread, and thus be unresectable. The Whipple procedure is not completed in these cases.

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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