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Pancreatic cancer surgery. Surgeon using a cautery knife to operate on a patient's abdomen during surgery to remove part of the pancreas and the spleen. A cautery knife burns (cauterises) the flesh to prevent bleeding. The surgery is being carried out to remove a malignant (cancerous) tumour of the pancreas. The spleen is also being removed due to the intimate connections of the two organs' blood supplies.
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