Conditions & Treatments

Pancreatic Cancer

The kidneys and pancreas are vital to virtually every process in the body. The pancreas produces enzymes that aid in digestion and produces insulin to regulate blood sugar levels in the body.

The pancreas, when inflamed, can progressively deteriorate over time. Causes of disease include excessive alcohol consumption, cystic fibrosis, gallstones or hereditary issues.


This treatment for pancreatic cancer is also known as pancreaticoduodenectomy. During the procedure, a surgeon removes the wide head of the pancreas, part of the adjacent small intestine (the duodenum), part of the common bile duct, the gallbladder and, when necessary, a portion of the stomach. Once the cancerous region is removed, the surgeon creates a new digestive passageway through the remaining intestine, bile duct and pancreas.

Pancreas transplantation involves replacing a diseased organ with a healthy organ or partial organ from one of two sources:
  • A deceased donor with healthy organs: The donor’s kidneys may go to a single recipient or to two different recipients depending on the severity of illness and other factors.
  • A living donor with matching organs: Receiving a kidney or partial pancreas from a living donor is an excellent way to eliminate long waiting times for a suitable organ. Living donors are incredible people who have decided to make a remarkable sacrifice for transplant patients.
Learn more about the Transplant process.


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