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Can getting a pancreas transplant solve the problem of pancreatic cancer?

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4 doctors agree

In brief: Transplant for ca

No. Pancreas transplantation is for type 1 dm, usually with a kidney transplant.
. If you have pancreas cancer and are a candidate for resection, then this can be accomplished and the pancreas does not need to be replaced. The last thing you would want while dealing with a pancreas cancer is the requirement for immunosuppression, which would encourage cancer growth.

In brief: Transplant for ca

No. Pancreas transplantation is for type 1 dm, usually with a kidney transplant.
. If you have pancreas cancer and are a candidate for resection, then this can be accomplished and the pancreas does not need to be replaced. The last thing you would want while dealing with a pancreas cancer is the requirement for immunosuppression, which would encourage cancer growth.
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
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Dr. George Loss
Surgery - Transplant
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Pancreas transplantation is not a generally accepted treatment for pancreatic cancer.

In brief: No

Pancreas transplantation is not a generally accepted treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Dr. George Loss
Dr. George Loss
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

The two other answers are correct.
Also, pancreas cancer spreads early in its course to other organs and areas outside of the pancreas. It is the reason why efforts to treat it with a local procedure (resection or removal) ultimately fail. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th biggest cancer killer, and is projected become the 2nd in the next few decades, but receives only 2% of cancer research funding.:(.

In brief: No

The two other answers are correct.
Also, pancreas cancer spreads early in its course to other organs and areas outside of the pancreas. It is the reason why efforts to treat it with a local procedure (resection or removal) ultimately fail. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th biggest cancer killer, and is projected become the 2nd in the next few decades, but receives only 2% of cancer research funding.:(.
Dr. Debashish Bose
Dr. Debashish Bose
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In brief: No

The problem with pancreatic cancer is curing the patient of the cancer, not replacing the endocrine function of the pancreas.

In brief: No

The problem with pancreatic cancer is curing the patient of the cancer, not replacing the endocrine function of the pancreas.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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