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What is distal pancreatectomy for pancreatic cancer?

In a distal pancreatectomy, the tail and body of the pancreas are removed and the head of the pancreas is preserved. Since the spleen is so close to the tail of the pancreas, sometimes the spleen is also removed during the procedure.

A typical distal pancreatectomy procedure requires about 2 to 4 hours, depending on the exact location and pathology of the tumor.


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