Pancreatic cancer effects about 43,000 people every year. Most cases occur in people over 65 years old. The pancreas is six-inch organ located in the belly between your stomach and your spine.
Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand pancreatic cancer and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, as well as gastroenterologists, social workers, and nurses. Treatment plans may include:
In this video James Mezhir, MD provides a technical look into pancreaticoduodenectomy, more commonly known as the Whipple Procedure. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has a specialized program for this operation including preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care.
James Mezhir, MD describes minimally invasive surgery of the pancreas in this video. Some advantages of this kind of surgery include decreased pain and a shortened hospital stay.
James Mezhir, MD describes treatment for pancreatic cysts in this video. At University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, each patient receives a unique treatment plan that is created with a team approach.