Surgically removes the left side of the pancreas, and sometimes the spleen, to remove cancer if the pancreatic tumor has not spread to distant sites. This surgery is typically performed using small incisions.
A thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is inserted in the mouth and used to guide the insertion of plastic or metal mesh tubes to open a blocked bile duct.
Surgically attaches the gallbladder or bile duct to the small intestine when a tumor blocks the bile duct and causes bile buildup in the liver (a condition called jaundice). This may also reduce pain associated with pancreatic cancer.
Biliary Drainage for Jaundice
Doctors can choose among several options to drain a blocked bile duct. New techniques allow doctors to drain the gallbladder using an endoscope, which doesn't require skin incisions.
Surgically attaches the stomach to the small intestine when cancer blocks the outlet of the stomach. A new technique allows us to do this procedure through an endoscope, without any skin incisions. This lets you eat with few limitations.
Medicine that can be given by mouth or IV that kills or slows the growth of the tumor. We often recommend chemotherapy before surgery to help reduce the size of the tumor.
External beams deliver radiation directly to your pancreatic tumor to slow or stop cancer growth. Radiation therapy may be combined with chemotherapy before or after surgery.