Preoperative Staging and Resectability Assessment of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Roberto Persiani
  • Alberto Biondi
  • Marco Zoccali
  • Domenico D’Ugo
Part of the Updates in Surgery book series (UPDATESSURG)


Surgical resection is the most important aspect of therapy for pancreatic carcinoma. However, surgery is increasingly considered as a therapeutic option to be combined with other treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This is especially true for locally advanced tumors, where surgical treatment alone does not typically result in a satisfactory rate of overall survival. For pancreatic carcinoma, as for other solid tumors, the therapeutic strategy depends on the stage of the disease, and accurate staging is mandatory before starting treatment. In the last 20 years, this strategy has promoted the development of more accurate and sophisticated staging techniques; historically, exploratory laparotomies accounted for up to 50% of the patients considered to be resectable at preoperative staging [1, 2, 3, 4], and modern multimodal treatments are diversified regardless of whether the tumor is resectable, locally advanced, or metastatic [5, 6].


Pancreatic Cancer Superior Mesenteric Artery Pancreatic Carcinoma Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Spiral Compute Tomography 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberto Persiani
    • 1
  • Alberto Biondi
    • 1
  • Marco Zoccali
    • 1
  • Domenico D’Ugo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General Surgery, Medical School A. GemelliUniversity of the Sacred HeartRomeItaly

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