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Hello Doctor ,
My mother's CT scan report is as shown below.
Our surgeon says she has to undergo a whipple operation immediately. and they are going remove pancreas head as well.
Please suggest what can be done and please tell me whether this is a begining of cancer or 2nd stage?
Report says:::
heterogenously enhancing irregular lesion with spiculated margins and
peripancreatic soft tissue stranding involving inferior portion of pancreatic
head and uncinate process which is infiltrating
and obstructing the distal portion of common bile duct and
pancreatic duct with resulting extra and intrahepatic biliary ducts and pancreatic ductal
dilation-probable suggestive of neoplastic lesion.

small subcentemeter sized preipancreatic and pre and aorto caval lymphnodes-probable metastatic

No evidence of encasement of superior mesentric vessels seen.

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replied February 14th, 2011
Pancreas Disorders Answer A19589

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Whipple's Operation involves removal of the pancreas,duodenom and other organs.It is usually performed for cancerous tumours present on the head of pancreas.According to the report described it suggests that it has spread to the head of pancreas along with common ducts present for secreting bile juices and other digestive juices.Also the tumour present is probably suggestive of cancerous growth so it is better to get it removed rather than spreading.
All the best to you.

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