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In what cases is a Whipple procedure unsuccessful?

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The Whipple procedure is not completed in cases where -- once a surgeon sees inside the abdomen -- pancreatic cancer that was thought to be resectable turns out to have spread. This happens half the time, on average.

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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