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Surgery

The type of surgery you have depends on where the cancer is in your pancreas. Find out about the different types of surgery for pancreatic cancer, what happens before surgery and how you might feel after your operation.

Types of surgery

You may have surgery to remove pancreatic cancer or to relieve symptoms. Find out what your surgeon looks at when deciding if surgery is possible.

Preparing for surgery

Find out about the tests you might have before surgery, what to expect at the pre assessment clinic and what might happen the evening before your operation.

Going into hospital

Find out about what you need to take in, how to prepare to make going into hospital less stressful, and what to expect on the day of your operation.

Surgery to try to cure pancreatic cancer

There are different types of surgery to remove pancreatic cancer, such as a Whipple's operation or distal pancreatectomy. The type of operation you have depends on where the cancer is in the pancreas.

Surgery to relieve symptoms

If you can't have surgery to remove pancreatic cancer, you may still have an operation to help relieve symptoms or prevent problems such as a blocked bile duct or bowel.

After surgery

Find out about what happens in the few days and weeks after surgery for pancreatic cancer.

Problems after pancreatic cancer surgery

There is a risk of problems (complications) after any operation. Find out about the possible problems after having surgery to remove pancreatic cancer.

Last reviewed: 
30 Sep 2019
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