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Pancreatic Cancer

Life expectancy

07/23/2007

Question:

when the whipple has been done and all the cancer has not been removed, what is the life expectincy with and without chemo.

Answer:

If this questions implies having positive margins, i.e. gross cancer removed but minimal cancerous cells found on pathology, then median survival (50% of patients will live) around 12-14 months with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. If not therapy is given this will be lower with a range 6-10 months.

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Response by:

Malek  Safa, MD Malek Safa, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati