Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 117–123 | Cite as

Surgical Resection Provides an Overall Survival Benefit for Patients with Small Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

  • Susan M. Sharpe
  • Haejin In
  • David J. Winchester
  • Mark S. Talamonti
  • Marshall S. BakerEmail author
2014 SSAT Plenary Presentation



The optimal management of small (≤2 cm) pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs) remains controversial. We evaluated these tumors in the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) to determine if resection provides a survival advantage over observation.


The NCDB was queried to identify patients with nonmetastatic PNETs ≤2 cm treated between 1998 and 2006. Kaplan-Meier survival estimates, stratified by grade and treatment type, evaluated the difference in 5-year overall survival (OS) between patients who underwent resection and observation. Multivariable Cox regression was used to determine the importance of resection in OS.


Three hundred eighty patients met inclusion criteria. Eighty-one percent underwent resection; 19 % were observed. Five-year OS was 82.2 % for patients who underwent surgery and 34.3 % for those who were observed (p < 0.0001). When controlling for age, comorbidities, income, facility type, tumor size and location, grade, margin status, nodal status, surgical management, and nonsurgical therapy in the Cox model, observation [hazard ratio (HR) 2.80], poorly differentiated histology (HR 3.79), lymph node positivity (HR 2.01), and nonsurgical therapies (HR 2.23) were independently associated with an increase in risk of mortality (p < 0.01).


Patients with localized PNETs ≤2 cm had an overall survival advantage with resection compared to observation, independent of age, comorbidities, tumor grade, and treatment with nonsurgical therapies.


Pancreas Neuroendocrine Tumor Surgery Survival 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan M. Sharpe
    • 1
  • Haejin In
    • 1
  • David J. Winchester
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mark S. Talamonti
    • 2
    • 3
  • Marshall S. Baker
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Pritzker School of MedicineUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryNorthShore University HealthSystemEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.Pritzker School of MedicineUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Evanston HospitalEvanstonUSA

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