Surgery for pancreatic cancer removes part or all of the pancreas. Other organs might also be removed. You and your doctor will plan your surgery based on
your wishes and the stage of the cancer. Every person's treatment plan and
surgery are different. Your doctor will tell you what will be removed.
You will be in the hospital for 1 to 2 weeks after the
surgery. You will probably be able to go back to work or your normal routine in
about 1 month. It will probably take about 3 months until your strength is back
to normal. You may need more treatment for the cancer. This may include chemotherapy or
may need to take enzyme supplements. These replace the enzymes the pancreas makes. You may also need to take anti-ulcer pills.
The pancreas makes
insulin. So you may develop diabetes after surgery. If this is the case, you may have to check
your blood sugar levels and take insulin.
When you find out that you have cancer, you may feel many emotions and may need some help coping.
Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You also can do things at
home to help you feel better while you go through treatment. Your doctor can
guide you to many local resources for support and more information. Call the
Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at
www.cancer.ca for more information.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go
to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also
a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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