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Hepatogastroenterology. 2004 Mar-Apr;51(56):603-5.

Successful outcome after resection of pancreatic cancer with a solitary hepatic metastasis.

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Department of Surgery, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.


The presence of hepatic metastasis in pancreatic cancer has generally been considered to be a contraindication for surgery. However, the present case survived seven years after concomitant resection of pancreatic cancer and hepatic metastasis. This shows that hepatic metastasis may be a strong predictor of poor survival, but not a determinant of noncurability. Surgical resection may be an option for highly selected patients with pancreatic cancer complicated with hepatic metastasis.

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