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Keywords:

  • minimally invasive pancreatectomy;
  • pancreas cancer;
  • distal pancreatectomy;
  • pancreaticoduodenectomy;
  • robotic pancreatectomy

Abstract

Utilization of laparoscopic techniques for resection of the pancreas has slowly gained acceptance in specific situations and is now being applied to more challenging endeavors, such as pancreaticoduodenectomy for cancer. This review provides a summary of laparoscopic applications for pancreatic malignancy, with specific attention to the most common methods of pancreatic resection and their respective oncologic outcomes, including margin status, lymph node retrieval, and survival. J. Surg. Oncol. 2013;107:39–50. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.