Pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease that has one of the poorest prognoses. The survival rate of pancreatic cancer is low since symptoms develop late. However, for some pancreatic cancer patients, a complex surgery known as the Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) offers an option for surgical removal of the tumor. This may extend life and could be a potential cure.
Surgical Oncologist, Suven Shankar, MD, has completed two successful Whipple procedures since his start with SIH Medical Group in July 2013.
The Whipple procedure can take several hours to perform and requires great surgical skill and experience. Dr. Shankar attributes his successful Whipple procedures to pre-operative multidisciplinary care, meticulous surgical technique and excellent post operative nursing care that involves a team of doctors and ancillary staff.
Dr. Shankar is located at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Professional Office Building in Suite 302.For an appointment, call 618.457.3006