Tests, Procedures & Treatments
A doctor will perform a physical examination, review symptoms with the patient and perform testing that may include:
Treatments for pancreatic cancer include:
- Radiation therapy
- Surgery to remove the cancerous growth
- In advanced stages, surgery to remove the affected part of the stomach
Surgeons at St. Luke’s also perform the Whipple procedure, during which they remove the head of the pancreas, most of the duodenum (a part of the small intestine), a portion of the bile duct and sometimes a portion of the stomach. After the procedure, the surgeon reconstructs the digestive tract.