total pancreatectomy

Pronunciation: (TOH-tul PAN-kree-uh-TEK-toh-mee)

Surgery to remove the entire pancreas. Part of the stomach, part of the small intestine, the common bile duct, gallbladder, spleen, and nearby lymph nodes are also removed.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2008-03-13