Pancreatic cancer is expected to be the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States by 2020, according to Dr. Brian Boone, a surgeon and researcher with the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Boone is one of only a few doctors in the country to perform a minimally invasive surgery to remove pancreatic tumors.
“We’ve seen an onslaught of attention around pancreatic cancer due to celebrities like Alex Trebek coming forward and talking openly about the challenges of this disease. Any opportunity we have to turn the conversation to something that’s often not discussed as openly, often, or early enough is a step forward for patients everywhere.”
“In the past 40 years, we’ve seen little improvement in mortality rates for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In fact, it has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. WVU is one of only a few hospitals in the country to offer robotic Whipple procedures — a minimally invasive approach that allows for removal of a pancreatic tumor in the early stages and offers the best chance for a cure.”
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