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What is the Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer?

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This complex surgery involves removing the head (wide part) of the pancreas next to the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). It also involves removal of the duodenum, a portion of the common bile duct, gallbladder, and sometimes part of the stomach. Afterward, surgeons reconnect the remaining intestine, bile duct, and pancreas.

It works best for people whose tumors are confined to the head of the pancreas and haven't spread into any nearby major blood vessels, the liver, lungs, or abdominal cavity can get this treatment. Because pancreatic cancer takes so long to diagnose, only a small number -- about 20% -- of people can get the procedure.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Pancreatic Cancer Surgery."

Mayoclinic.org: "Pancreatic Cancer Treatment."

Pancreatica.org: "What Is the Surgical Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer?"

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "The Whipple Procedure."

Pri-med Patient Education Center: "The Whipple Procedure."

University of Southern California Department of Surgery - Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases.

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Pancreatic Cancer Surgery."

Mayoclinic.org: "Pancreatic Cancer Treatment."

Pancreatica.org: "What Is the Surgical Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer?"

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "The Whipple Procedure."

Pri-med Patient Education Center: "The Whipple Procedure."

University of Southern California Department of Surgery - Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases.

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

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