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Minimal Access Management of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Nicholas A. Hamilton
  • Brent D. Matthews
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

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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