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Pancreatic Cancer

Whipple procedure

12/20/2007

Question:

My brother has been diagnosed with pancreatic CA, a 2 cm mass in the head of the pancreas. Lymph node biopsy and other studies are pending. Are there any statistics available to the public where we can see how many procedures a certain surgeon has done, if he/she is committed to staying current with updates, etc? My research has shown that mortality rate is greatly affected by the skill of the surgeon and we`re not sure how to go about finding this information. Thank you for your time!

Answer:

The best thing to do is to go with the surgeons who do many pancreas surgeries per year.

I don't recall where was the data presented, but for sure it shows more procedures by a specific surgeon indicates better outcome. Check out how many whipple procedures are being done by that hospital/center.

For more information:

Go to the Pancreatic Cancer health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Malek  Safa, MD Malek Safa, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati