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Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy in Pancreatic Cancer

  • Mario Scartozzi
  • Chiara Pierantoni
  • Alessandra Pagliacci
  • Stefano Cascinu
Part of the Updates in Surgery book series (UPDATESSURG)

Abstract

Pancreatic cancer continues to be a highly lethal disease, with approximately 37,000 estimated new cases in the USA in 2007 in both sexes, representing the fourth leading cause of cancer death [1]. Surgery remains the only treatment with a curative potential for local disease, but only 15–20% of patients have resectable disease at the time of diagnosis [2], and the median survival of radically resected patients is approximately 20 months, with a 2-year survival rate ranging from 20 to 40%. Adjuvant chemotherapy or radiotherapy has been assessed in several trials in an attempt to improve patients’ prognosis.

Keywords

Pancreatic Cancer Clin Oncol Radiat Oncol Biol Phys Well Supportive Care Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Scartozzi
    • 1
  • Chiara Pierantoni
    • 1
  • Alessandra Pagliacci
    • 1
  • Stefano Cascinu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oncology, Ospedali Riuniti University HospitalPolytechnic University of MarcheAnconaItaly

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