Pancreatic Surgery 1 of 2

Cancer of the pancreas is not one of the most common forms of cancer, but it is one of the most challenging to treat. In this program, we learn about the newest approaches to treating pancreatic cancer and other forms of cancer in the gastro-intestinal tract.

Part one of this two-part program addresses the following topics:

  • The pancreas and its role in the body
  • Risk factors for pancreatic cancer
  • Symptoms of pancreatic cancer
  • Diagnosing pancreatic cancer
  • Identifying specific types of tumors
  • Surgery for pancreatic cancer: The Whipple procedure
  • Radiation and chemotherapy after surgery

Dr. H. Richard Alexander, a surgical oncologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Dr. Alexander is also a professor and associate chairman for Clinical Research in the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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This page was last updated: July 31, 2013

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