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Adjuvant chemoradiotherapy significantly improves survival of patients with resectable pancreatic cancer, according to medical records of almost 3,000 patients.

Chemoradiotherapy extended median survival by more than 30% compared with surgical resection only, researchers reported in the January Archives of Surgery.

In a multivariate analysis, adjuvant chemoradiotherapy proved to be one of only three predictors of improved survival, the other two being treatment at high-volume and academic centers.

“This analysis provides strong evidence in a real-world setting that postoperative chemoradiotherapy and possibly adjuvant radiotherapy alone improve clinical outcome in patients with pancreatic cancer,” Relin Yang, MD, of the University of Miami, and colleagues wrote. (more…)

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Pancreatic cancer occurs when an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cell in the pancreas organ. The abnormal cells form a mass called tumor. In advance level, pancreatic tumor has ability to spread to other parts or organs of the body and it is also known as malignant.

Pancreas cancer

Pancreas map

There is two main type of pancreatic cancer. About 95% pancreatic cancer occurs in exocrine gland, a part of pancreas that secrets digestive juice and the rest of 5% occurs in the hormone-producing region, called endocrine gland.

Exocrine pancreatic cancer can occurs in the head, body or tail of the pancreas. If it takes place at head part, it can block on the bile duct and can block pancreatic juice to colon, causing jaundice and related symptoms, meanwhile endocrine pancreatic cancer begin in the hormone-producing part called the endocrine pancreas which are contain islet cells that produce insulin as well as other hormones. Cancer that occurs in endocrine pancreas could bug the hormone production. (more…)

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