Pancreatic cancer surgery may be recommended to address a tumor. Because this type of surgical procedure can be very complex, the surgeon’s level of expertise is key to ensuring the best possible outcome. Residents of the Orlando, Florida, area have the advantage of being only a short drive away from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, where they can benefit from the latest surgical techniques, performed by some of the most skilled and experienced surgeons in the world.
Our surgeons treat many more patients diagnosed with this relatively rare type of cancer than most other cancer centers. Moffitt is also the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, which is a testament to our leading-edge research and development of effective pancreatic cancer treatment methods, including surgery.
Pancreatic cancer surgery may involve the removal of all or a portion of the pancreas, along with some nearby lymph nodes and other tissues and organs. At Moffitt, a multispecialty team of experts collaboratively determines the optimal surgical approach for each patient. This generally depends on the size and location of the tumor, as well as the patient’s general health and other factors. Many of our out-of-town patients have confirmed that the benefits of Moffitt’s highly individualized approach far outweigh any inconveniences associated with traveling from the Orlando, FL, area.
The surgeons at Moffitt perform several types of pancreatic cancer surgery, including:
- Laparoscopy – After creating several small incisions in the abdomen, a surgeon uses specialized surgical instruments to remove small tumors and tissue samples.
- Distal pancreatectomy – A surgeon removes the tail and part of the body of the pancreas; the head of the organ is left intact.
- Pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple procedure) – A surgeon removes the head and a portion of the body of the pancreas. If the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes or the gall bladder, bile duct, duodenum, small intestine or stomach, portions of those tissues and organs may also be removed. The surgeon then reattaches the remaining pancreas and bile duct to the small intestine to reestablish the flow of food, bile and digestive enzymes.
- Total pancreatectomy – A surgeon removes the pancreas, spleen, gallbladder and bile duct, as well as portions of the stomach and small intestine.
For patients who travel from Orlando, FL, to Moffitt for pancreatic cancer surgery or other treatments, lodging assistance is available. We’ve made arrangements with several nearby hotels that meet our high quality standards and offer discounted rates to our patients and their families. In addition to reducing the costs and hassles of being away from home, staying at a partner hotel in close proximity to Moffitt can also provide convenient opportunities for patients to share experiences and advice with others who are fighting cancer.