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What surgeries are performed for pancreatic cancer?

If the cancer is in the head of the pancreas, the Whipple operation is performed. This is where a portion of the gall bladder, bile ducts and sometimes stomach are removed. If the cancer is in the tail end of the pancreas, a procedure called a distal pancreatectomy is performed to remove this section. If the cancer can't be removed, surgery is used to relieve symptoms, such as by placing tubes (stents) in the bile ducts to keep them open.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 13 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Colorectal cancer


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