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Forum Name: Pancreatic Cancer

Question: Pancreas removal


 shaverr - Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:36 am

When someone has pancreatic cancer stage 4, is it an option to remove then pancreas and then just put the patient on insulin?
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:10 am

User avatar Hi,
In stage 4 pancreatic cancer,the cancer has already spread to distant sites such as the liver & lungs or adjacent organs including the stomach, spleen and or the bowel. This is advanced cancer with systemic metastasis. In TNM staging, this is equivalent to Any T; Any N; M1(T=tumor,N=nodes,M=metastasis).

Treatment may comprise of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, biological therapy, or a combination of these.

Multi modality treatment,, is increasingly favoured. Pancreatectomy is no more a curtive option for stage 4 pancretic cancer.Palliative surgery however,may be indicated in certain situations.
Best wishes!

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