Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer: Surgery
The patients that do the best and survive the longest are those in whom the surgeon is able to remove the tumor. Presently, surgery is the only form of therapy that offers the prospect of long term survival. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of patients with pancreatic cancer are candidates for surgery.
Over the past two decades, pancreatic surgery has undergone dramatic improvement which has made the operations much safer and better tolerated. Advances in surgical technique have also allowed surgeons to offer surgery to an ever increasing subset of patients with pancreatic cancer. Despite this, these procedures remain complex and have several associated complications. Because of this your best outcomes will be achieved under the care of an experience pancreatic surgeon.