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  1. Stage Information for Pancreatic Cancer

    The staging system for pancreatic exocrine cancer continues to evolve. The importance of staging beyond that of resectable and unresectable is uncertain since state-of-the-art treatment has demonstrated little impact on survival. To communicate a uniform definition of disease,however,knowledge of the extent of the disease is necessary. Cancers of the pancreas are commonly identified by the ...

  2. About This PDQ Summary

    PURPOSE OF THIS SUMMARY This PDQ cancer information summary for health professionals provides comprehensive,peer-reviewed,evidence-based information about the treatment of pancreatic cancer. It is intended as a resource to inform and assist clinicians who care for cancer patients. It does not provide formal guidelines or recommendations for making health care decisions. REVIEWERS AND UPDATES ...

  3. Stage Information for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)

    Note: The American Joint Committee on Cancer has published the 7th edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, which for the first time incorporates pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors in the same staging system as pancreatic exocrine tumors.[1] The classification of these tumors as benign versus malignant is not always consistent, so the AJCC recommends that all pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors be staged using this system and reported to cancer registries. It also recommends that the protocol developed by the College of American Pathologists for endocrine pancreatic tumors be used to examine and stage specimens.[2]Definitions of TNMThe American Joint Committee on Cancer has designated staging by TNM classification to define pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (islet cell tumors).[1]Table 2. Primary Tumor (T)aa Reprinted with permission from AJCC: Exocrine and endocrine pancreas. In: Edge SB, Byrd DR, Compton CC, et al., eds.: AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. 7th ed. New York, NY: Springer,

  4. Get More Information From NCI

    This information summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about cancer.

  5. Recurrent and Progressive Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

    There is no established therapy for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors that recur or progress after prior therapy.[1] Deciding on further treatment depends on many factors, including:The specific cancer.Prior treatment.Site of recurrence.Individual patient considerations.Attempts at re-resection of local tumors that have recurred or metastatic lesions may offer palliation, when technically feasible. Intra-arterial chemotherapy is a consideration for patients with liver metastases. Patients with hepatic-dominant disease and substantial symptoms caused by tumor bulk or hormone-release syndromes may benefit from continuous-infusion intra-arterial chemotherapy or procedures that reduce hepatic arterial blood flow to metastases (hepatic arterial occlusion with embolization or with chemoembolization).[2,3,4,5,6,7] Such treatment may also be combined with systemic chemotherapy. A variety of systemic agents have shown biologic or palliative activity,[1,8] including:Somatostatin

  6. Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer

    Note: Some citations in the text of this section are followed by a level of evidence. The PDQ editorial boards use a formal ranking system to help the reader judge the strength of evidence linked to the reported results of a therapeutic strategy. (Refer to the PDQ summary on Levels of Evidence for more information.) The low objective response rate and lack of survival benefit with current ...

  7. Pancreatic Cancer

    Learn about pancreatic cancer from the experts at WebMD.

  8. Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials

    Some patients with pancreatic cancer are reluctant to take part in clinical trials for fear of getting no treatment at all for their pancreatic cancer. This is simply not true.

  9. Topic Overview

    If you have pancreatic islet cell surgery because of type 1 diabetes,a surgeon will insert a small group of working pancreas cells (islet cells) from two or more donors through the portal vein in your liver. After surgery,these cells slowly begin producing insulin. When the cells produce enough insulin to stabilize your blood sugar,you may no longer need insulin injections. Although this ...

  10. Whipple Procedure

    WebMD discusses the effectiveness of the Whipple procedure for those with pancreatic cancer.

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