Evolution of the management of resectable pancreatic cancer

Susan Tsai, Beth A. Erickson, Kulwinder Dua, Paul S. Ritch, Parag Tolat, Douglas B. Evans

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In pancreatic cancer, as with many other solid tumors, a commonly held surgical adage - a chance to cut is a chance to cure - has been promulgated throughout the years. Following such reasoning, surgical extirpation of a localized tumor would prevent tumor dissemination and metastatic tumor progression. However, decades of surgical experience have demonstrated that surgical resection alone provides a limited median survival benefit. Despite the optimization of surgical technique and perioperative management over the past three decades, little progress has been made to improve the limited survival of patients with localized pancreatic cancer who receive surgery. In this article, we discuss the rationale for a novel management strategy for patients with resectable pancreatic cancer, which may improve patient selection and the delivery of multimodality therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)772-778
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of oncology practice
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)
  • Health Policy


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