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Diagnosed w/ pancreatic cancer? Will they remove if now?
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on stage
Not all patients with pancreatic cancer are candidates for surgical removal, also called resection.
The best candidates for resection are patients whose cancer has not spread beyond the pancreas, who have no involvement of the major abdominal blood vessels, and are otherwise healthy enough to tolerate a major abdominal operation. Sometimes chemoradiation therapy is used prior to the operation.

In brief: Depends on stage
Not all patients with pancreatic cancer are candidates for surgical removal, also called resection.
The best candidates for resection are patients whose cancer has not spread beyond the pancreas, who have no involvement of the major abdominal blood vessels, and are otherwise healthy enough to tolerate a major abdominal operation. Sometimes chemoradiation therapy is used prior to the operation.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Dr. Anthony Back
Internal Medicine - Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes if possible
The doctors will do some tests to make sure it has not spread beyond the pancreas--if that has happened, surgery is not the best treatment.
But if it has not spread, the doctors will likely consider surgery.

In brief: Yes if possible
The doctors will do some tests to make sure it has not spread beyond the pancreas--if that has happened, surgery is not the best treatment.
But if it has not spread, the doctors will likely consider surgery.
Dr. Anthony Back
Dr. Anthony Back
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on stage
Pancreas cancer has several types.
Ductal carcinoma is treated surgically, but only if there is no evidence of metastatic disease, and they believe it can be removed without positive margins. Unfortunately, this cancer type often has a poor prognosis because it is detected so late in the course of the disease.

In brief: Depends on stage
Pancreas cancer has several types.
Ductal carcinoma is treated surgically, but only if there is no evidence of metastatic disease, and they believe it can be removed without positive margins. Unfortunately, this cancer type often has a poor prognosis because it is detected so late in the course of the disease.
Dr. Lester Thompson
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