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:
- Clinical trials
- Radiation therapy - external or internal beam
- Removal of the pancreas
- Whipple procedure: the head of the pancreas, the bile duct, the gallbladder, part of the stomach and part of the small intestine are removed
- Stent placement
Whiteboard Video: Whipple Procedure
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.
Whiteboard Video: Minimally Invasive Distal Pancreatic Resection
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.
Whiteboard Video: Pancreatic Cysts
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.