Minimal Access Management of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Nicholas A. Hamilton
  • Brent D. Matthews


Pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PC) is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, accounting for over 33,000 deaths in 2008 [1]. The peak incidence occurs in the seventh and eighth decades [2]. Only approximately 15% of patients have resectable disease at the time of presentation [3] and nearly all patients die from the disease within 7 years of surgery [4, 5], with a median survival of only 6 months in patients with unresectable disease. Surgical resection remains the only hope for cure of this devastating disease.


Distal Pancreatectomy Superior Mesenteric Vein Diagnostic Laparoscopy Unresectable Disease Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas A. Hamilton
    • 1
  • Brent D. Matthews
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of General Surgery, Barnes–Jewish HospitalWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Department of General Surgery, Barnes–Jewish HospitalWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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