Pancreatic cancer is one of the most dangerous types of cancer, which is why even the smallest tumor size amenable to resection does not guarantee the patient’s recovery. Limited resection of the pancreas is considered one of the most complex major abdominal surgeries. It is performed under general anesthesia, usually lasts 5-6 hours, and is followed by several weeks of very slow recovery, including 1-2 weeks of hospitalization.
Surgery can be performed as a potentially curative measure if the cancer is contained within the pancreas and has not spread to blood vessels, lymph nodes or other organs.
Extensive research has shown that when such surgeries are routinely performed at major medical centers (such as Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center) by highly experienced medical professionals, the patient’s chances of survival triple.