Current Aspects and Survival Statistics Related to Resectability in Pancreatic CancerDan Timofte1*, Mihaela Blaj2, Florin Petrariu3 and Lidia Ionescu1
- *Corresponding Author:
- Daniel Timofte
Senior Lecturer in General Surgery, 3rd Surgical Unit
“St Spiridon” Hospital, Bd. Independentei No 1
700111 Iasi, Romania
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: November 15, 2016; Accepted date: December 13, 2016; Published date: December 20, 2016
Citation: Timofte D, Blaj M, Petrariu F, Ionescu L. Current Aspects and Survival Statistics Related to Resectability in Pancreatic Cancer. Journal of Surgery [Jurnalul de chirurgie]. 2017; 13(1): 5-9 DOI: 10.7438/1584-9341-13-1-2
Copyright: © 2017 Timofte D, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is one of the most common malignant disease of the pancreas having its origin in the ductal epithelium. With an increasing incidence, it is considered one of the most aggressive human tumours. It has a high degree of lethality, survival at 5 years being reported to be up to 4%. This poor outcome is due to both a low specificity of onset symptoms (e.g. the disease is usually diagnosed in advanced stages) and also to a lack of tumour markers in order detects the presence of the tumour in the early stage, as well as the absence of effective non-surgical treatment modalities. Up to now, surgery is the only treatment modality that can provide a greater chance of survival, but unfortunately is an option only for about 15% of patients. The resections for the pancreatic cancer have entered the therapeutic arsenal for almost 70 years, but despite hundreds of reports written about this topic, there is no unanimity on the effectiveness of the resection. In this way, we will describe here some current aspects and survival numbers related to resectability in the pancreatic cancer.