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Oncology (Williston Park). 2011 Feb;25(2):182-9.

Treatment of early-stage pancreatic cancer.

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Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee 37232-6307, USA.

Abstract

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death, and it is estimated that over 43,000 people would be diagnosed with and over 36,000 people would die of pancreatic cancer in the United States in 2010. Surgical resection remains the only chance for possible cure, but only 15% to 20% of patients newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are considered for surgical resection. Of these, the median five-year survival rate is still less than 20%, with most resections resulting in recurrent disease. This suggests that even seemingly resectable pancreatic cancer has microscopic systemic spread before operative intervention occurs. Both adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapies have been studied in an effort to improve survival for patients with resectable pancreatic cancer.

PMID:
21456390
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