What types of surgical procedures are performed to treat pancreatic cancer?

It depends. A whipple operation is appropriate for patients with pancreas cancer in the "head" part of the pancreas gland, but patients with adenocarcinoma in the tail part of the pancreas can be eligible for a procedure called "distal pancreatectomy" where only the tail portion is removed. This is generally a much safer operation that is easier to recover from. Talk to your doctor about your options.
Depends on location . Some tumors of the body and tail can be managed by distal pancreatectomy. Those in the head usually require pancreaticoduodenectomy or whipple procedure. Occasionally a total pancreatectomy is required for tumors that spread along the pancreatic duct. Adequate lymph node removal is needed and rarely portions of adjacent organs are resected.
Whipple surgery. This is a big operation, but has the best chance of cure. Unfortunately, minority of pancreatic cancer patients can undergo this procedure. Pancreatic cancer is typically found at the later stages where this operation is not possible.

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Is there a surgical procedure for pancreatic cancer?

Yes. The main types of operations for pancreatic cancer are for patients who have no evidence of cancer spread beyond the pancreas. The first kind, for tumors in the right side of he pancreas is called a Whipple operation. The second kind, for tumors in the left side of the pancreas is called a distal pancreatectomy. These are both major operations that can sometimes be done robotically. Read more...

Can you tell me about pancreatic cancer surgical procedure?

Whipple most common. Surgery is most often performed for lesions of the head of the pancreas, the pancreatoduodenectomy or Whipple. When dx made by transduodenal biopsy of lesion seen on scan, the lesion has to be well localized, without any spread, even to lymph nodes and can not involve the superior mesenteric vein which passes under the neck to form portal vein. Only 10% of patients diagnosed can have surgery. Read more...

Surgical oncology: Whipple may be the only cure for pancreatic cancer? But, it is a huge operation with many months of recovery? Go through it?

Some do. Some don't. If the outlook is not good, the PATIENT must decide whether to live a better, shorter life, or try for a longer life through more pain and suffering. Life on Earth is always short, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal may be not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Read more...
Depends. You are right, a Whipple is a big operation. Fortunately, many patients have a great outcome and the recovery is generally about 8 weeks, not always "many months". True, if you have a complication, it can take this long. It really depends how strong you are going into the operation, the anatomy of your cancer, and your cancer stage. Talk with your surgeon. Read more...

Pancreatic cancer t2n0? Stage 1b; unresectable due to age (78), surgical history. Is there any benefit to radiation and chemo beyond added time?

Personal choice. Unfortunately no , then it is choosing the quality of life vs life.Should be left to patient , if chooses to leave it alone , should provide all love and comforts till the end . Read more...

Diagnosed with stage 1 pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas, I don't want surgery or chemotherapy how long will I live?

Untreated, 1-2 years. Pancreatic cancer can only be staged after surgery- information provided by a pathologist is necessary to assign a stage. If you have what appears to be early stage pancreatic cancer it would be foolish not to seek treatment since surgery can cure up to 40% of cases, and while big surgery, the risk is low (around 1%). Depending on pathology findings postop chemotherapy may provide added benefit. Read more...
You can be cured! Stage i pancreas cancer can be cured! but, surgery is a must! if you don't have surgery, it will become life-threatening within months to a few years. Please go to a cancer center where a pancreas surgeon performs many procedures per year. Read more...

Is it a standard procedure to stop oral meds for patients with severe vomiting? My mom died 4 days after being taken off her heart meds while being treated for pancreatic cancer caused vomiting.

Vomiting. I am sorry for your loss. Yes it is sop to stop oral meds when vomiting. It is useless to give oral meds in such a situation because they would be immediately vomited. It sounds like your mother was in the last stages of her illness. Read more...
So sorry. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. The mortality of pancreatic ca is very high and if the patient cannot tolerate oral medications then there is no other option but to stop the medications. Read more...