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Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

What are the side effects of pancreatic cancer surgery?

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  • APatrick Maguire, MD, Oncology, answered
    Acute side effects of pancreatic cancer surgery or pacreaticoduodenectomy, also called a or Whipple's resection (removal of most of the pancreas, a portion of the stomach, the first portion of the small bowel called the duodenum, the gallbladder, and main part of the bile duct) include risk of bleeding, infection, breakdown of the areas that were surgically sewn or stapled together, and a low but real risk of dying in the immediate postoperative period. Delayed emptying of the stomach after surgery is common, though this usually resolves quickly. Enzyme deficiencies and chronic bowel problems may also occur.
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