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Ampullary Cancer

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  • Ampullary Cancer

    Ampullary (AM-poo-la-ree) cancer is a rare cancer that forms in an area of your digestive system called the ampulla of Vater. The ampulla of Vater is where your bile duct and pancreatic duct join and empty into your small intestine. Ampullary cancer forms near many other parts of the digestive system, such as the liver, pancreas and small intestine. When ampullary cancer grows, it may affect these other organs.

  • Ampullary Cancer

    If your doctors determine that you have ampullary cancer, the standard approach is to remove the tumor from the ampulla of Vater with a procedure called pancreaticoduodenal resection, or Whipple procedure. The procedure is performed using endoscopic instruments. In some centers, the long, narrow cameras and tools used to perform the procedure are inserted through small incisions (cuts) in the abdomen.

  • Ampullary Cancer

    In the Far East, Korea demonstrated highly significant increasing mortality trends for both sexes [men (4.8–7.8), p<0.001; women (2.5–4), p<0.01), while women in Japan showed an increasing trend that was significant (p<0.05). In France, a trend towards increasing mortality was observed among women (p<0.001). An upward mortality trend in women achieving significance was also seen in Malta, Bulgaria, Greece, and Germany (p<0.05). A decline in mortality was seen in both sexes only in Canada [men (7.5–6.4), women (5.9–5); p<0.01], while for men there was a downward trend noticeable in Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, the UK, and Poland [p<0.05].

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