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Can you live without the pancreas?

The pancreas plays an important role in digestion and blood sugar control. Unfortunately, if it becomes affected by cysts or cancer, part or all of the pancreas may need to be removed. So can you live with only a part of your pancreas, or no pancreas at all? We asked internationally renowned professor of liver and pancreas surgery, Professor Hemant Kocher. of the University of London:

Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs): symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) are a rare type of tumour that can form in the neuroendocrine system. These may be in the gut, the lungs, or the pancreas. Symptoms differ depending on where the tumours form. Dr Christos Toumpankis, a leading gastroenterologist, explains what NETs are, the symptoms, how they are diagnosed and how they can be treated.

What does an Ileal pouch or J-pouch surgery involve?

Ileal pouch surgery is mostly used to treat ulcerative colitis, or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) when removal of the colon and rectum is required but the patient wishes to avoid a permanent ileostomy. Colorectal surgeon, Mr Richard Lovegrove gives us a detailed guide about what an ileal pouch operation entails and how it's different to an ileostomy.

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