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Surgery for pancreatic cancer

surgical oncology

What is surgery?

Surgery is used to diagnose, stage and treat cancer, and to manage certain cancer-related symptoms. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our experienced surgeons have performed thousands of procedures and will discuss the surgical options that are best suited to your individual needs.

Whether a patient is a candidate for surgery or not depends on factors such as the type, size, location, grade and stage of the tumor, as well as general health factors such as age, physical fitness and other coexisting medical conditions the patient may have.

For many patients, surgery will be combined with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy or hormone therapy. These nonsurgical treatments may be administered before surgery (neoadjuvant therapy) or after surgery (adjuvant therapy) to help prevent cancer growth, spread or recurrence.

Early in the treatment planning process, we plan for and proactively manage anticipated side effects from surgery. Our nutritionists, rehabilitation therapists and naturopathic clinicians work together with your surgical oncologist to support healing and quality of life. Our reconstructive surgeons perform procedures to restore the body's appearance and function when needed, at the time of surgery or following surgery.

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Surgery for pancreatic cancer

We perform a range of difficult and complex surgical procedures for pancreatic cancer, in cases where the tumor can be safely and completely removed by surgery. The nature and extent of surgery for resectable pancreatic tumors depends upon the location and size of the tumor.

Some surgical procedures we offer include:

Your care team may also recommend other treatments for pancreatic cancer in addition to, or in place of, surgery. For instance, in an effort to try to make a previously inoperable pancreas potentially resectable, your care team may recommend chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy prior to considering surgery for pancreatic cancer.

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