Die prognose des pankreaskarzinoms

Translated title of the contribution: Prognosis of cancer of the pancreas

H. Friess, R. Isenmann, P. Berberat, J. Kleeff, M. W. Büchler

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Pancreatic cancer is one of the most frequent carcinomas of the human gastrointestinal tract. Despite considerable progress in diagnosis, its prognosis has remained unchanged during the last years. Up to now, there is no possibility to screen patients for pancreatic carcinomas, and the symptoms of the disease are uncharacteristic and often misleading. Surgical treatment, with resection of the tumor is the only chance for cure, but for experienced pancreatic surgeons, an advanced tumor stage at the time of operation is a common finding. Large studies reveal the poor prognosis of the disease. Only 20-30 % of all patients suffering from pancreatic cancer can be operated with curative intention. In 80-85 % of all cases, the tumor has spread into peripancreatic lymph nodes. Thus, mean 5-years survival rates of 3 to 5 % are commonly reported, and the median survival time after establishment of diagnosis is 4-6 months. Improvements in surgical technique and postoperative patient's care have led to an impressive decrease in the formerly considerable morbidity and mortality after pancreatic resection. If the tumor can be resected at an early stage and the regionary lymph nodes are not involved, median 5-years survival rates of 20-40 % are commonly reported. Further approaches include more radical surgical procedures with dissection of the entire peripancreatic region and resection of the upper abdominal blood vessels. Whether this new technique or a combination of operation, radiation and chemotherapy will improve the prognosis of the disease remains unclear. Large clinical trials are necessary to prove this assumptions.

Translated title of the contributionPrognosis of cancer of the pancreas
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)401-407
Number of pages7
JournalTherapeutische Umschau
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


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