Number: 201105335 Principal Investigator: Strasberg, Steven
Title: Whipple at the Splenic Artery: A Procedure for Ductal Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas with Extensive Involvement of the Porto-Mesenteric Axis: A Registry Study
Phase: N/A Disease Site: Pancreas
Participating Site(s):
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The main purpose of this study is to determine whether the standard surgical procedure used to remove pancreas tumors (called a Whipple procedure) is effective and safe in removing tumors located near or on the major veins that drain the intestine and spleen and supply blood to the liver. The abbreviation for this
innovative operation when it involves these veins is WATSA (Whipple at the Splenic Artery). This operation is considered innovative because it is generally not performed in people who have cancer of the
head of the pancreas on or near the splenic vein, like you do. In order to perform this operation in people whose tumors are located on or near the splenic vein, surgeons at Washington University have evolved a
new standard surgical approach for achieving this resection and reconstruction.
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