Whipple procedure is the most commonly performed surgery to remove tumors in
the pancreas.The procedure is performed
when a tumor is located in the head of the pancreas and has not spread to other
organs or involve major arteries.In a
Whipple procedure, the head of the pancreas, the gallbladder, the duodenum
(part of the small intestine), a small portion of the stomach, and the lymph
nodes near the head of the pancreas are removed.
Whipple procedure is a complicated surgery so it is important to find a surgeon
at a hospital that does a large number of these procedures.For information about surgeons who specialize
in pancreatic cancer, contact the
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at 877.272.6226
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