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When is surgery for pancreatic cancer possible?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Early stages

When there is no distant metastasis and minimal/ no involvement of major vessels within the region of pancreatic bed.

In brief: Early stages

When there is no distant metastasis and minimal/ no involvement of major vessels within the region of pancreatic bed.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Dr. Reza Shirazi
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Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant
2 doctors agree

In brief: When it can be done

There can't be any evidence of spread of cancer outside the pancreas.
Also you have to be able to separate the diseased pancreas from the surrounding blood vessels.

In brief: When it can be done

There can't be any evidence of spread of cancer outside the pancreas.
Also you have to be able to separate the diseased pancreas from the surrounding blood vessels.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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In brief: Early

The term "resectable" means the surgeon can get around the tumor, and leave the vital blood vessels intact.
Unfortunatley for the pancreas, there are vital blood vessels close to these tumors which we cannot divide or disrupt or else we cut off blood supply to organs needed to live. The other reason would be spread (metastatic spread) of the tumor to other organs- mainly the liver.

In brief: Early

The term "resectable" means the surgeon can get around the tumor, and leave the vital blood vessels intact.
Unfortunatley for the pancreas, there are vital blood vessels close to these tumors which we cannot divide or disrupt or else we cut off blood supply to organs needed to live. The other reason would be spread (metastatic spread) of the tumor to other organs- mainly the liver.
Dr. Lee Pederson
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