Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 371–375 | Cite as

Does tumor size influence early and late results after resection of pancreatic adenocarcinoma?

  • Ingemar Ihse
  • Roland Andersson
  • Jan Axelson
  • Masao Kobari
  • Åke Andrén-Sandberg


The influence of tumor size on early and long-term outcome of resection of ductal pancreatic cancer was studied in 127 patients. Tumor size tended to decrease with time, and small tumors (≦2cm) were less advanced, according to the Hermreck classification [Hermreck AS, Thomas CY, Friesen SR (1974)Importance of Pathologic Staging in the Surgical Management of Adenocarcinoma of the Exocrine Pancreas. Am J Surg 127:635–657] There was, however, no difference in lymph node status or histological differentiation between patients with small and bigger tumors. Tumor size did neither affect postoperative mortality and morbidity, nor long-term survival. It is concluded that tumor size itself is without influence on both the early and the late course in patients with resectable exocrine pancreatic cancer.

Key words

pancreatic cancer postoperative morbidity prognosis tumor size 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingemar Ihse
    • 1
  • Roland Andersson
    • 1
  • Jan Axelson
    • 1
  • Masao Kobari
    • 1
  • Åke Andrén-Sandberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity HospitalLundSweden

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