In some circumstances, patients can go through a complex surgery known as the Whipple procedure. It may extend life and could be a potential cure.
Only about 20% of pancreatic cancer patients are eligible for the Whipple procedure and other surgeries. The tumors of these patients are usually confined to the head of the pancreas and haven't spread into any nearby major blood vessels, the liver, lungs, or abdominal cavity. Patients may first have to go through intensive testings to know whether they are eligible for the surgery or not.
Patients who undergo a successful Whipple procedure may have a five-year survival rate of up to 25%.
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