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Mom is about to cut half pancrea to avoid a 7cm ball transforming to cancer cells. Might need to cut the spleen if full covers the vein to it. Must ?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
10 doctors agree
In brief: Call mom's surgeon
Hi, doris.
I have to make some assumptions to answer this question: it sounds like your mom has a tumor of the tail of the pancreas that may be malignant, requiring removal for definitive diagnosis. Your mom should have been seen by a GI doctor (trained in endoscopic ultrasound)and a surgeon with extensive experience with pancreatic surgery. Otherwise, i recommend a second opinion.

In brief: Call mom's surgeon
Hi, doris.
I have to make some assumptions to answer this question: it sounds like your mom has a tumor of the tail of the pancreas that may be malignant, requiring removal for definitive diagnosis. Your mom should have been seen by a GI doctor (trained in endoscopic ultrasound)and a surgeon with extensive experience with pancreatic surgery. Otherwise, i recommend a second opinion.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pancreatic surgery is the operation for which the relationship between outcomes and experience of the surgeon in that operation are most pronounced.
5 doctors agree
In brief: Probably
Solid tumors of the pancreas at this size should always be removed surgically.
Cystic ("fluid-filled") lesions are treated selectively depending on other characteristics. Any symptomatic lesion should be removed. Endoscopic ultrasound and aspiration can be helpful to determine type of cyst. A surgeon with high pancreas surgery volume (>20 cases/yr) should be consulted for the correct management.

In brief: Probably
Solid tumors of the pancreas at this size should always be removed surgically.
Cystic ("fluid-filled") lesions are treated selectively depending on other characteristics. Any symptomatic lesion should be removed. Endoscopic ultrasound and aspiration can be helpful to determine type of cyst. A surgeon with high pancreas surgery volume (>20 cases/yr) should be consulted for the correct management.
Dr. Debashish Bose
Dr. Debashish Bose
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