Surgeons of the St. Panteleimon Hospital in Lviv performed Whipple’s operation – one of the most difficult in abdominal surgery. A rare radical intervention helped save the life of a cancer patient.
As reported in the First Medical Association of Lviv, the operation was performed on 60-year-old Maria from the Lviv region. During a routine ultrasound, which the woman underwent in the spring, she was diagnosed with a tumor of the pancreas.
“Doctors suspected that stones had formed in the woman’s kidneys. But the CT diagnosis confirmed that the patient had a tumor of the head of the pancreas measuring 3×4 centimeters. The tumor was closely adjacent to the portal and superior mesenteric veins,” – they say in the medical association.
The multidisciplinary team of the Oncology Center of St. Panteleimon Hospital developed tactics for treating the woman. The first stage was chemotherapy.
|The patient was diagnosed with a tumor of the head of the pancreas measuring 3×4 centimeters|
Surgeons were able to perform a radical intervention – Whipple’s operation – only after five courses of chemotherapy. They worked in two teams at once – together with vascular surgeons. The operation lasted six hours.
“First, the surgeons removed part of the pancreas, part of the stomach, gall bladder and duodenum. Next, they removed the affected part of the portal and mesenteric veins, through which venous blood passes to the liver, and replaced it with an artificial prosthesis 6 centimeters long.” – explained at the hospital.
The operation was successful. Ms. Maria went home already on the 6th day. Her treatment continues: a course of chemotherapy and long rehabilitation are ahead.
|Photo: First Medical Association of Lviv|
Doctors remind: pancreatic cancer is one of the five most common oncological diseases in Ukraine. The greatest danger of this disease is that in 95% of patients it is completely asymptomatic.
“Therefore, patients apply too late, when the tumor metastasized and the operation is already ineffective. It is possible to detect the formation if you undergo scheduled medical examinations in a timely manner,” – doctors emphasize.
We will remind you that earlier we wrote that in Lviv, an 18-year-old girl with bone cancer underwent a unique operation – her leg was sewn backwards.
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