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A new treatment for pancreatic cancer

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Pancreatic cancer is the second most common gastrointestinal malignancy in the United States and the fourth most frequent cause of cancer death because, for many years, treatment options have been limited. Not anymore.

In a handful of centers nationwide, a new European surgical treatment called the Beger method is an option for pancreatic cancer patients. Using this method, surgeons remove the head of the pancreas but spare the duodenum and bile duct. The team at Yale-New Haven Hospital also uses laparoscopic surgical techniques to more accurately diagnose and stage pancreatic cancer.

The Whipple surgical method has been the mainstay as the Berger method is seeped into U.S. hospitals. The Whipple method removes the head and neck of the pancreas, the duodenum and adjacent structures.