A timely treatment saves an NRI woman with a rare pancreas cancer

A 62-year-old African female patient was diagnosed correctly in India after taking treatment in 3 countries. In India, she was successfully treated at the Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, for the rare cancer of the head of the pancreas


  • A 62-year-old female patient from Sudan presented with Jaundice and initially evaluated in home country. They couldn’t diagnose and just did Endoscopic stent placement. She continued to have symptoms and she was referred to Egypt. 
  • Then, she came to India and was successfully treated at the Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road for the cancer of head of pancreas.

Dr Imran Shaikh GastroIntestinal and Laparoscopic Surgeon from Wockhardt Hospital Mira Road said, “She underwent Whipples surgery, which is supramajor surgery. In this surgery, we removed the head of the pancreas, duodenum, proximal jejunum, gall bladder and the bile duct.”

He added, “After surgery, we do complex reconstruction involving joining of small intestine to stomach, pancreas and bile duct. Her final report has shown rare type of cancer of pancreas called ‘slerosing type of Adenocarcinoma of head’. Post operatively she recovers well and discharged on post-operative day 8, without any complication.”

Dr Jignesh A Gandhi, Consultant Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Fortis Hospital Vashi said, “Pancreas is a very important organ in the human body. Due to Wockhardt Hospital’s doctors attempt to life of this woman was saved. Every month, 4 to 5 patients suffering from the pancreas cancer visit me. Now, these patients have treated with laparoscopy surgery. But this woman’s pancreas cancer is rare. Therefore, the team of doctors should be appreciated. A timely diagnosis and treatment of it can save the patients.”