Prognosis of pancreatic cancer patients: resection vs. palliative care

The Bottom Line: Resection is the only curative treatment for pancreatic cancer, however only about 20% of candidates and survival rates are poor. Patients that are not candidates for resection benefit from palliative interventions such as biliary decompression and celiac plexus block. The overall pancreatic cancer survival rate still remains at less than 5% for 5 years.

Sharma Advances in diagnosis, treatment and palliation of pancreatic carcinoma: 1990-2010. World Journal of Gastroenterology 2011 vol:17 iss:7 pg:867 -897

Summary: In the past few decades, diagnostic modalities, surgical and palliative treatments of PC have clearly progressed. However, the overall prognosis has barely changed. Management of pancreatic cancer is complex and requires expertise in many fields.

Table 11 Survival data after resection of pancreatic cancer page 882

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