Physicians describe the most common risk factors for pancreatic cancer (cigarette smoking, industrial chemical exposure, obesity, high fat intake, long-standing diabetes, long-standing chronic pancreatitis) and how the risk can be reduced.
They also discuss screening registries for high-risk individuals.
Physicians discuss the treatment options for patients who are candidates for curative treatment.
They also talk about the outcomes associated with curative treatment, including survival rates.
Physicians describe the various surgical resection procedures used for pancreatic cancer.
An emphasis is put on the Whipple procedure.
They also describe what patients should expect going into surgery.
Physicians describe the recovery process following surgical resection procedures for pancreatic cancer, including the most common complications. They talk about chemotherapy and radiation therapy, when these are used and why, and how long after surgery chemotherapy or radiation therapy is started. They also discuss supportive medications following surgery, including length of treatment and possible side-effects.