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Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012 Apr;6(2):149-61. doi: 10.1586/egh.12.3.

Radiotherapy in the adjuvant management of pancreatic adenocarcinoma: is it helpful?

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  • 1Department of Radiation Oncology, Rush University Medical Center, Atrium Bldg, Ground Floor, 500 S. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60612, USA. ross_a_abrams@rush.edu


Curative-intent management for pancreatic adenocarcinoma requires gross total resection. Only 15-20% of patients are eligible for resection and of these only approximately 20% are long-term survivors. Adjuvant and neoadjuvant approaches have been, and are being, sought to improve upon surgical results. Radiotherapy has a role in the adjuvant management of many gastrointestinal malignancies and historically has also had a role in the adjuvant management of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. However, the role of radiotherapy in the management of pancreatic adenocarcinoma has been called into question. This review examines this controversy and the underlying issues and considers current efforts towards resolving them, as well as some likely future developments.

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