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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.
Depending upon where the cancer is located in your pancreas, your doctor may:
You will be in the hospital for about a week 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 radiation.
Depending on the type of surgery you had, you may need to take enzyme supplements to replace the digestive enzymes made by the pancreas. In rare cases, the entire pancreas is removed, causing diabetes. If this is the case, you will need insulin to maintain blood sugar levels.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
Build healthy habits into your life. Changes are best made several weeks before surgery, since your body may react to sudden changes in your habits. Talk to your doctor about any changes you need to make.
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Adaptation Date: 5/7/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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