SOURCE: OR-Live.com

September 18, 2007 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Care: Pylorus Preserving Pancreaticoduodenectomy (Mini-Whipple Procedure)

Live CME Webcast: From Thomas Jefferson University Hospital: September 18, 2007 4:30 PM EDT (20:30 UTC)

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - September 18, 2007) - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital will host a webcast on www.OR-Live.com featuring a mini-Whipple procedure (pylorus preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy) used to treat pancreatic cancer. The webcast, which will feature an actual procedure and panel discussion by the Jefferson Pancreatic Cancer and Related Diseases team, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 18th.

All viewers will be able to ask questions online during the webcast and physicians can earn CME credit. Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

A mini-Whipple procedure is a type of surgery used to treat pancreatic cancer when the tumor is located in the head of the pancreas. Unlike a "classic" Whipple procedure in which the lower part of the stomach, all of the duodenum and the head of the pancreas are removed, this modified resection preserves the entire stomach, the pylorus and several centimeters of the upper duodenum. The procedure will be performed by internationally known pancreas specialist and Chair of Surgery at Jefferson University Hospital, Charles J. Yeo, M.D., F.A.C.S.

The Whipple procedure is the most common type of curative surgery for cancer of the pancreas when the tumor is located in the head of the pancreas. During the "classic" Whipple procedure, the gallbladder, common bile duct, lower part of the stomach, all of the duodenum, and the head, neck and uncinate process of the pancreas are removed. The procedure is very complex and often requires a long hospital stay and recovery.

Whenever possible, surgeons at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital perform a "mini-Whipple." This modified version of the "classic" Whipple procedure preserves the entire stomach, the pylorus (the sphincter between the stomach and the duodenum) and several centimeters of the upper duodenum. According to Charles Yeo, MD, FACS, Chair of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and internationally known pancreas specialist, there is no oncologic downside to the mini-Whipple procedure but plenty of upsides including fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay.

Studies indicate that outcomes are better for patients who undergo a Whipple procedure or other related surgery at a medical center such as Jefferson where surgeons perform a high volume of these operations. So far this year, Jefferson surgeons have performed over 140 pancreatic resections and dozens of distal and central pancreatectomies (for tumors in the body and tail or neck of the pancreas).

In addition to the mini-Whipple procedure, panelists from Jefferson's Pancreatic Cancer and Related Diseases Program will present information on how newer imaging techniques, improved screening, early detection, and innovative therapies are determining how pancreatic cancer is diagnosed and treated.

Visit: http://www.or-live.com/jeffersonhospital/1857 now to learn more and view a program preview. VNR http://www.or-live.com/rams/thj-1857-mkw-q.ram

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