Pancreatic cancer surgery is a scary thing to deal with. For one, you are dealing with pancreatic cancer then you have to think about the procedure and risks involved with surgery. Pancreatic cancer is known to many people as a silent killer because it is common to have no symptoms until it is too late. There are two kinds of surgery performed on patients with pancreatic cancer. One kind has the potential to cure the patient and the other is a palliative kind, designed to ease suffering.