Most complex pancreas cancer and pancreatic disease treatments
At Northwest Community Healthcare, we have the medical expertise and technology necessary to tackle even the most difficult pancreas cancer, pancreatitis, and liver and bile duct cancer cases.
Treatment for pancreatitis
Treatment for acute pancreatitis requires a few days’ stay in the hospital for intravenous (IV) fluids, antibiotics and medication to relieve pain. To allow the pancreas to rest, the patient is not allowed to eat or drink. Unless complications arise, acute pancreatitis usually resolves in a few days. In severe cases, the patient may require feeding via a tube for several weeks while the pancreas heals.
Treatment for pancreas cancer
Surgery is the only way to remove pancreatic tumors. It is performed only when the surgeon believes all of the cancer can be removed. An ultrasound of the liver or exploratory surgery generally is performed to determine the stage of the cancer or to look for signs of metastatic disease. If the cancer is in a later stage, surgery is performed only to relieve symptoms such as pain and obstructions.
The type of surgery recommended depends upon where the tumor is located in the pancreas. Tumors located in the head and neck area of the pancreas are removed with the Whipple procedure; those in the body and tail of the pancreas are removed with distal pancreatectomy. A total pancreatectomy is performed less frequently.
Other pancreas cancer treatment options
Depending on the stage of the cancer and whether it has spread, non-surgical treatments may be recommended instead of surgery or in addition to it. NCH is committed to providing the right treatment for the stage of cancer.