If you need Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer, you also need skilled doctors who have experience in performing this operation. This is one of the reasons why you should travel to India!
The Whipple procedure (pancreatoduodenectomy) is a complex operation most often used to treat pancreatic cancer. After performing the Whipple procedure by removing part of the pancreas, part of the small intestine and the gallbladder, surgeons work to reattach the remaining portions of the digestive system so that the patient’s body can digest the food and expel waste normally. The Whipple procedure may also be used to treat tumors and other abnormalities of the pancreas, small intestine and bile duct.
Best candidates for Whipple procedure
Pancreatic cancer usually grows and spreads long before it causes any symptoms, and only about 20% of pancreatic cancer patients are eligible for the Whipple procedure. Because this operation continues to be one of the most demanding and risky procedures for surgeons and patients, specialists reccommend you to have it done at a hospital that performs at least 15 to 20 pancreas surgeries per year. The best candidates for the surgery are
- patients with localized cancer, whose tumors are confined to the head of the pancreas and haven’t spread into nearby major blood vessels, distant lymph nodes or other organs, such as the liver, lungs, or abdominal cavity
patients with pancreatic cancer, duodenal cancer, bile duct cancer and cancers involving the ampulla of Vater (where the bile duct and pancreatic duct insert into the duodenum)
- patients with benign tumors involving the mentioned organs, and for conditions of the pancreas, such as chronic pancreatitis
- non-obese patients, having BMI’s less than 30
- patients who do not have previous radiation or chemotherapy