Cancer of the pancreas is unfortunately often a difficult cancer to treat. By the time many patients become unwell with pancreatic cancer it is either not possible to remove the cancer surgically or it has spread beyond the pancreas.
However, in some patients an operation may be possible.
The most common operation for pancreatic cancer is called the 'Whipple' operation, after the surgeon who first performed it. It is very major surgery and involves removing some of the pancreas, stomach, intestine, gallbladder and bile duct.
Another operation for pancreatic cancer is called a 'distal pancreatectomy'. This is often performed laparoscopically (keyhole) but is still major surgery.
All four HPB consultant surgeons can be contacted as follows:
Care UK, Plymouth
0333 321 1953
Please contact us at the hospital where you are being treated. We shall do our best to answer your queries as quickly as possible.
We have tried to be as accurate as possible with the information in this website.
However, each patient is different, so some information may not apply to your specific circumstances.