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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-9

Laparoscopic staging and surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer


1 Section of Digestive Diseases, Yale University School of Medicine; Department of Medicine, Griffin Hospital, CT, USA
2 Department of Medicine, Griffin Hospital, CT, USA

Correspondence Address:
Thiruvengadam Muniraj
Section of Digestive Diseases, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06510
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1947-2714.106183

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Pancreatic cancer is the tenth most common cancer and the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Surgery remains a cornerstone in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, the percentage of patients presenting at the resectable stage is minimal. Although computed tomography (CT) scan remains the best modality to stage the tumor for resectability, laparoscopy and laparoscopic ultrasound offers its own advantages. Extended lymphadenectomy, portal vein resection, and arterial reconstruction have also been explored in multiple studies to enhance staging. The traditional pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple's procedure) with regional lymphadenectomy is still the standard of care in the surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer.


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