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Tumours of the pancreas 

Tumours of the pancreas

Chapter:
Tumours of the pancreas
Author(s):

Edward Britton

and Martin Lombard

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.152403_update_001

Update:

Pathology—expanded discussion of cystic neoplasms of the pancreas and pancreatic intra epithelial neoplasia.

Clinical investigation—use of endoscopic ultrasound fine needle aspiration or biopsy (EUS-FNAB) and of molecular tumour markers.

Treatment—use of adjuvant chemotherapy with gemcitabine; use of combination chemotherapy; discussion of self expanding metal stents (SEMS).

Updated on 28 Nov 2012. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 26 June 2017

Pancreatic cancer, most commonly in the form of a solid ductal adenocarcinoma, accounts for 3% of all cancers but ranks in the top five leading causes of cancer deaths in most developed countries, reflecting the fact that it has a very poor prognosis (median survival 6 to 9 months). It is a disease of old age (85% of patients >65 years), and commoner in smokers....

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