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How can total pancreatectomy help prevent pancreatic cancer?

John A. Chabot
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Total pancreatectomy is sometimes used prophylactically to prevent onset of pancreatic cancer in patients found to have precancerous conditions like Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms (IPMN). While the procedure ensures pancreatic cancer will not develop in the future, it also guarantees insulin-dependent diabetes and should be discussed thoroughly and carefully with your physician. 

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