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Nov 9, 2020

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer

By Jennifer O'Hara, @jenohara


Pancreatic cancer tends to spread quickly and early detection is uncommon. For up to 50% of patients, at the time of their diagnosis, the cancer has spread outside the pancreas to other organs. Survival rates are typically 12 to 18 months, but there have been improvements in surgical techniques and chemotherapy.

In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Mark Truty, an oncology surgeon, and Dr. Santhi Swaroop Vege, a gastroenterologist, talk about treatment options, new chemotherapies, improving a patient's quality of life and the collaborative approach to team-based patient care at Mayo Clinic.

To practice safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, this interview was conducted using video conferencing. The sound and video quality are representative of the technology used.

Connect with others talking about pancreatic cancer and supporting one another in the Pancreatic Cancer support group.

Excellent podcast. I am so thankful for Mayo Clinic. Dr. Farnell (now retired) was the surgeon who did my Whipple 6 1/2 years ago. After 5 1/2 years my cancer returned so I still work closely with the great people in the pancreatic cancer group at Mayo. I am so grateful for people like Dr. Truty who continue to work for improved outcomes for people with pancreatic cancer.

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