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Pancreatic Cancer

What Is Life Expectancy of Pancreatic Cancer?

07/27/2007

Question:

To further define my question on life expectency when the whippel was performed 8 lymph nodes were removed, and 4 of the 8 had cancer, so how does this affect my life expencancy with and without chemo?

Answer:

Median survival of all patients with resected pancreas cancer is around 18 months. Patients having lymph nodes positive is less than that by 2-3 months. Chemotherapy given after surgery improves survival by 2-4 months.

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Response by:

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