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Follow-up care after treatment of pancreatic cancer

Follow-up care should be adapted for each individual patient based on the disease development.

After a surgical procedure, the patient will be offered a consultation with the surgeon when the histology result is available. Further follow-up is performed every 3-4 months with the patient's general practitioner. A clinical examination should be done as well as blood tests.

After a Whipple procedure, many patients will need an injection of vitamin B12 .

For a total pancreatectomy, the patient should have a consultation with a diabetologist/endocrinologist because of the high risk for insulin overdose. Blood sugar should be held somewhat higher than for other diabetics. For an increasing problem with blood sugar regulation, recurrence should be suspected, unless an infection is present.

Adjuvant treatment should be completed and followed-up at a local hospital.

Inoperable patients are referred to a local hospital for palliative chemotherapy and follow-up care.

 

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