The Whipple procedure (pancreatoduodenectomy) is often recommended to treat tumors that develop within the pancreas and other parts of the digestive system. Regularly performed by the outstanding surgeons in the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center near St. Petersburg, Florida, this complex surgery is designed to remove cancerous parts of the pancreas, as well as any other affected organs located nearby, such as the gallbladder, bile duct, duodenum, small intestine or stomach. To allow a patient’s body to continue to digest food and expel waste, a surgeon will reattach the remaining components of the digestive system prior to completing a Whipple procedure.
Moffitt’s experienced surgical team can perform a Whipple procedure at a surgery center near St. Petersburg, FL, to address pancreatic tumors, as well as:
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Cancer of the bile duct (cholangiocarcinoma)
- Cancer of the ampulla (the area where the bile duct and the pancreatic duct enter the duodenum)
- Cancer of the duodenum (the first section of the small intestine immediately beyond the stomach)
Because the Whipple procedure is a difficult surgery that can require several hours to complete, it is best performed by a surgeon who has refined skills and extensive experience. The American Cancer Society recommends that patients seek treatment at a high-volume cancer center like Moffitt, where surgeons treat many patients for pancreatic cancer, which is relatively rare and often goes undetected until it reaches an advanced stage.
Moffitt provides surgical treatments, including the Whipple procedure, and many other options for many patients with pancreatic tumors. We’ve also earned national acclaim as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cancer. For these reasons and others, Moffitt is able to offer a level of surgical expertise that far exceeds that of most other cancer centers.
If you’d like to learn more about the Whipple procedure, you can meet with the pancreatic cancer experts at Moffitt with or without a referral. To request an appointment at our headquarters near St. Petersburg, FL, Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online.