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Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer

Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer

If the tumor is contained entirely within the pancreas and appears as though it can be removed, a Whipple procedure may be the most appropriate treatment option for you.

Although it is a common surgery for pancreatic cancer, the Whipple procedure is a complicated surgery that requires a great deal of skill to perform. Our surgical oncologists have extensive experience in performing Whipple procedures.

In some cases, your surgical oncologist may also use intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) in combination with a Whipple procedure. With IORT, you receive a single, powerful dose of radiation directly to the tumor site during the surgical procedure. This helps to minimize side effects, spare healthy tissues, and reduce treatment times.

What is the Whipple procedure?

The goal of the Whipple procedure (also known as a pancreaticoduodenectomy) is to remove cancer in the head of the pancreas or bile ducts. In the procedure, your surgical oncologist will remove the cancerous tissue, remove portions of the pancreas, bile duct, small intestine and stomach, and perform immediate reconstruction.

Whipple surgery

Video: Whipple Surgery

Dr. Edgar Staren and Dr. Steven Standiford explain why whipple surgery is a good option for some pancreatic cancer patients.