Friday, May 27, 2016

Pancreatic Cancer: Surgery Improves Survival in One-third

Posted on by Lila Abassi

Pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma) is bad.  The tumor develops from the enzyme-producing exocrine glands of the pancreas. The prognosis is bad.  By the time most people present with symptoms the cancer has already metastasized or spread.  Generally, those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have only months to live.  The mean survival after being diagnosed is four to six months.  Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, which develop from hormone-producing cells, on the other hand, have a much more favorable prognosis.

Some patients can have the tumor removed from their pancreas which, if successful, can lengthen survival time.  However, one-third of patients are unable to undergo surgical removal because the tumor has wrapped itself around critical blood vessels and for these individuals, surgery is generally not an option.  However, recent findings that were presented at the Pancreas Club and Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract in San Diego reveal that there was a significant improvement in survival for these patients who underwent surgery........To Read More.....

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