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Medical Mondays: Pancreatic Cancer


WRITTEN BY: CancerCenter
Monday, April 27th, 2015

This post was last updated May 5, 2016

An estimated 1 in 65 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in their lifetime.

Although pancreatic cancer is a serious disease, patients now more than ever have more options with the right treatment, experts, and resources. Use this resource guide to learn more about pancreatic cancer, and then share the posts with family and friends.

Here you’ll learn about:

  • Pancreatic cancer 101 — FAQs
  • Is pancreatic cancer hereditary?
  • Robotic approach to pancreatic surgery
  • Whipple surgery
  • What happens after pancreatic surgery

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    Whipple Surgery: What You Need to Know

    If you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you’re probably looking for your options. One procedure your doctor may recommend is called Whipple surgery, or pancreatoduodenectomy. Although Whipple surgery is quite complex, it may help extend life following the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Read more to discover if Whipple surgery is right for you. Read More
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    Pancreatic Cancer: Frequently Asked Questions

    A cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming and you likely have a lot of questions about how the disease will affect your life. The more you know about this type of cancer, the better informed you'll be to make smart decisions about your care. Read more to discover the answers to many common questions regarding pancreatic cancer. Read More
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    Traditional vs. Robotic Pancreatic Surgery

    While traditional surgery methods are still viable treatment options when dealing with pancreatic cancer, in the past few years, a new method has been developed: robotic Whipple surgery. This innovative approach to pancreatic surgery provides many benefits for patients, including less pain and a faster recovery. Read more to discover the benefits of the new surgical options for pancreatic cancer treatment. Read More
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    What to Expect After Pancreatic Surgery

    Although surgery to treat pancreatic cancer has the potential to extend life, there are still challenges to face afterward. Even minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery still involves an operation, recovery time, and a hospital stay. Although most people won’t experience major complications after these procedures, the experience can affect the way you live, at least temporarily. Read more to discover what you can expect after surgery. Read More
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    Is Pancreatic Cancer Hereditary?

    When it comes to cancer, there are a lot of questions about the role that our genes play in the risk and development of disease, and pancreatic cancer is no exception. Although it is unclear what causes the disease, scientists are still uncovering more details about the ways in which family history can influence your risk. Read more to discover the various factors that can affect your risk of pancreatic cancer, including family history. Read More
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    Infographic: Pancreatic Cancer

    Pancreatic cancer is caused by abnormal growth in the cells of the pancreas. It is regarded as the most deadly type of cancer because it creates little to no symptoms in the early stages. It is estimated that during 2015 in the U.S. 1 in 67 will develop pancreatic cancer. Find out more about the risks, types and the different stages with our infographic. Read More
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    What is the Pancreas?

    When you think of important organs in the body, the pancreas probably does not come to mind. However, this gland may be one of the unsung heroes of the human organ world, regulating the production of certain chemicals that aid various, important bodily functions. Read more to discover how the pancreas keeps the body functioning properly. Read More
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