Resection with Intent to Cure Pancreatic Cancer

  • J. A. van Heerden
Conference paper


Although controversy abounds regarding the diagnostic and management aspects of pancreatic malignancies, there is uniform agreement throughout the surgical community that resection offers the patient the only chance for cure, albeit rare. When evaluating the efficacy of any surgical procedure, it is worthwhile to remind ourselves of the three criteria for an acceptable cancer operation, regardless of the site of origin of the malignancy:
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    The operation should have a low operative mortality.

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    The operation should have an acceptable short- and long-term morbidity, i.e., it should not substantially reduce the quality of life.

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    The operation should afford the patient an improved long-term survival over other treatment modalities which are nonsurgical in nature (radio- and/or chemotherapy).



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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. van Heerden
    • 1
  1. 1.Mayo ClinicMayo Medical SchoolRochesterUSA

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