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why is a whipple resection contraindicated with metastases?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Won't cure: A whipple is a desperate attempt to remove all of a primary cancer of the pancreas or some other nearby organ. If the disease has already metastasized, some safer palliative procedure may help.

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What are visceral metastases exactly ?

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Cancer in organs: Metastases, or areas of cancer spread, to the liver, lungs, or other organs in the body. Metastases to bone are not visceral metastases.
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What's a metastasis?

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Are metastasis and metastases synonymous?

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Singular/pleurals: Used for one metastasis or more metastases!
A 60-year-old female asked:

Suv of 5.2 of lymph node alongiliac chain is this mean mestastises?

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Dr. Kenneth Murdock
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Worrisome!: Lymph nodes with an suv on pet scan of 2 or so imply that the node is negative for tumor. Suv of 5 or more is worrisome. The node needs to be biopsied.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Please explain reasons why whipple resection contraindicated with metastases?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
No survival: Pancreas cancer has a poor prognosis. No survival noted if performed in the presence of metastatic disease. Use of chemotherapy such as gemcitabine and Abraxane give the best chance for prolonged survival in terms of months after diagnosis made. Only 10% or patients diagnosed with pancreatic head cancer are candidates for a whipple resection, and even here only 10% of patients are ned at 2 yrs.

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