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What is the outcome of stage 2 pancreatic cancer

By March 21, 2012 - 7:43pm
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Mynfather in law age 70 was diagnosed with stage 2, a few days ago. They said in the lab they could do surgery it is nomx which means it is not in the nodes or spread far. We will not hear from the surgeon until the rest of the labs come back. With surgery what are the chances for survival

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Hi Patierob,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  So sorry to hear this. The extent of surgery depends largely on the size of the tumor and where it is located on the pancreas. For cancer diagnosed as Stage 2, two procedures may be performed:

Whipple Procedure
Also called a pancreaticoduodenectomy, a whipple procedure is performed if the cancer is located on the widest part of the pancreas, also called the head. During this procedure, the surgeon removes this portion of the pancreas as well as part of the small intestine and stomach.
Distal Pancreatectomy
This type of surgery is performed when the tumor is located on the body and tail portions of the pancreas. The spleen is also removed during this type of surgery

The doctor might also recommend Radiation or Chemotherapy.  You should talk to his doctor about his chances of survival after having surgery.  It all depends on the size of the tumor and how advanced is the cancer.  And how his body response to treatment.

Here is a link that might be helpful




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