Minimally Invasive Approaches to Pancreatic Cancer

Joseph R. Broucek, Dominic Sanford, John A. Stauffer, Horacio J. Asbun

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In pancreatic cancer, resection combined with neoadjuvant and/or adjuvant therapy remains the only chance for cure and/or prolonged survival. A minimally invasive approach to pancreatic cancer has gained increased acceptance and popularity. The aim of minimally invasive surgery of the pancreas includes limiting trauma, decreasing length of hospitalization, lessening cost, decreasing blood loss, and allowing for a more meticulous oncologic dissection. New advances and routine use in practice have helped progress the field making the minimally invasive approach more feasible. In this article, the minimally invasive surgical approaches to proximal, central, and distal pancreatic cancer are described and literature reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-272
Number of pages18
JournalSurgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • Laparoscopic whipple
  • Minimally invasive pancreaticoduodenectomy
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Minimally invasive whipple
  • Pancreas


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