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What is a Whipple procedure?

 

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A 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. 

The 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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