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Pancreatic cancer and diseaes

Pancreatic cancer is the seventh most common cancer in the US. It has one of the worst prognoses even after treatment in comparison to other cancers. Dr. Singh performs both open and laparoscopic pancreatic surgery. The pancreas is about 5-7 inches long, and sits across the back of the abdomen behind the stomach. Though it is considered to be inside the abdomen, technically it is actually behind all intra abdominal or intra peritoneal organs.

The head of the pancreas is on the right side of the abdomen and is connected to the duodenum (the first section of the small intestine) through a small tube called the pancreatic duct. The narrow end of the pancreas, called the tail, extends to the left side of the body.

Surgical diseases of pancreas

  • Pancreatic cancer: The pancreas has many different types of cells, each which can give rise to a different type of tumor. The most common type arises from the cells that line the pancreatic duct. Because there are usually no early symptoms, pancreatic cancer is often advanced by the time it’s discovered. The most common pancreatic cancer surgery is called the Whipple procedure or Whipple surgery for cancer in the head of the pancreas. If the cancer is in the body or tail of the pancreas Dr. Singh can do laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy.
  • Pancreatitis: The pancreas becomes inflamed and damaged by its own digestive chemicals. The result could be swelling and death of tissue in the pancreas . Alcohol and gallstones are considered the most common cause of pancreatitis. It can be acute or chronic pancreatitis.
  • Pancreatic pseudocyst: After a bout of pancreatitis, a fluid-filled cavity called a pseudocyst can form. Pseudocysts may resolve spontaneously or may need surgical drainage.
  • Islet cell tumor: The hormone-producing cells of the pancreas multiply abnormally, creating a benign or cancerous tumor. These tumors produce excess amounts of hormones and then release them into the blood. Gastrinomas, glucagonomas, and insulinomas are examples of islet cell tumors.

Treatment for pancreatic cancer and diseases

The above mentioned are some of the most common diseases of the pancreas which can be resolved with surgery. He often performs laparoscopic pancreatic resections and spleen preserving laparoscopic pancreatic resections.

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