Pancreatic Resection

Virginia Mason is one of the premier medical sites in the country and has achieved international acclaim for treatment of pancreatic cancer. Virginia Mason patients experience lower mortality rates, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and lower hospital charges compared to national averages. Virginia Mason surgeons perform more than 50 pancreaticoduodenectomies (Whipple procedures) each year. To minimize incisions and reduce recovery time, minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery can be performed for this condition.

Survival rates for patients treated at Virginia Mason are significantly higher than national averages. One year after surgery, 95 percent of patients are still alive; two years after surgery, 64 percent of patients are still alive; and five years after surgery, 55 percent of patients are still alive.

Patients across the country who have this treatment have survival rates, on average, as follows: one year after surgery, 60 to 70 percent of patients are still alive; two years after surgery, 35 to 50 percent of patients are still alive; and five years after surgery, 10 to 20 percent of patients are still alive.