Ampulla of Vater is located in the second part of duodenum where bile duct and pancreatic duct join and drain their juices into the intestine. Cancer arising in the vicinity of the ampulla of Vater is known as periampullary cancer. It consists of
Ampullary cancer in Ampulla of Vater
Lower common bile duct cancer
Duodenal cancer adjacent to ampulla
Head of pancreas cancer
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS:
Tea colored urine
Loss of weight
Surgery: Only curative treatment option is surgery i.e. Whipple’s procedure (also known as pancreaticoduodenectomy).
Chemotherapy: Based on the cancer stage chemotherapy may be prescribed to prevent the recurrence/ spread of the cancer
Radiotherapy: Is increasingly prescribed in before surgery (Neoadjuvant) for better local control of the pancreatic head cancers.