The pancreas is a fish-shaped organ present just behind the stomach. It is about 6 to 8 inches in length and 2 inches in width, with a wide head and tapering body ending in a pointed tail. The pancreas consists of endocrine glands and exocrine glands. Exocrine glands release juices containing enzymes into the intestine that helps in the digestion of food. Endocrine glands are found in small clusters or islets that secrete insulin and glucagon hormones.
Surgical removal is the only treatment option for curing pancreatic cancer. Generally pancreatic resections are very complex and require a great deal of surgical experitse, experience and a multidisciplinary team. Postoperative complications can cause morbidity to the patient, if they are not treated by experienced surgical team. Pancreaticoduodenectomy or Whipple procedure, distal pancreatectomy and a total pancreatectomy are the surgical options available as curative treatments for pancreatic cancer.
After the detection of cancer, we discuss the treatment modalities with the patient and weighs each benefit carefully before undertaking the surgery. We lead a multidisciplinary team which takes special care on pancreatic cancer patients.Authored by Dr. Deepak Varma, MBBS, MS (General Surgery)
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