Pancreatic Surgery: New Hope?
March 27, 2017
Because treatment options have been so limited, pancreatic cancer has always been a devastating diagnosis. But new surgical techniques being practiced at UT Health Northeast are offering new hope for this disease. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast hepatobiliary surgeon Dr. Hishaam Ismael discusses this exciting field of surgery.
- Hepatobiliary is a big word. What does a hepatobiliary surgeon do?
- The focus of this HealthConnection segment is pancreatic cancer. What is the pancreas and what does it do?
- What causes cancer of the pancreas? Are there early warning signs to look for?
- Pancreatic cancer is one of the more alarming cancers because of its low survival rate. But there have been significant advancements in how this disease is treated. Talk a bit about these.
- Give us some detail about the types of surgery for pancreatic cancer. What are the options and how difficult are these surgeries?
- Despite improvements in treatment, survival rates for pancreatic cancer are still low. What is the average rate of survival for a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer?
- For those with pancreatic cancer who need surgery, how important is it to find a cancer center with a fellowship-trained hepatobiliary surgeon?
- Can anything be done to reduce the risk for developing pancreatic cancer?
- What do you want all patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer to know about current treatments for their disease?