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Overview: Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose and treat and the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Only a small percentage of people diagnosed with this cancer are alive five years later. In this Medically Speaking podcast, Dr. H. Richard Alexander, a surgical oncologist at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, discusses the current treatment options.
Dr. Alexander, a professor of surgery and associate chairman of clinical research in the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, tells Karen Warmkessel that an operation called the Whipple procedure is the best treatment option if the cancer hasn’t spread to other organs. Patients may also receive chemotherapy and radiation after surgery.
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