What is a laparoscopy?
A laparoscopy is often performed before cancer surgery, to allow the surgeon to get a closer look at the cancer and surrounding structures, and to determine the strategy for surgery.
To do this, a long tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision, and images are sent back that let the surgeon see where the cancer is, and how far it may have spread.
Laparoscopy for pancreatic cancer
During a laparoscopy for pancreatic cancer, our doctors make a small incision in the abdomen to closely explore the normality of the area. This can be a useful tool for staging pancreatic cancer, and to determine if there is metastasis to the liver.