Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Surveillance Counterpoint: Japan

  • Ken ShirabeEmail author
  • Yoshihiko Maehara
Part of the Current Clinical Oncology book series (CCO)


The incidence of pancreatic cancer has increased steadily over the last 4 decades. It is now the fifth leading cause of cancer death in Japan. Pancreatic cancer was responsible for the death of more than 22,000 Japanese in 2004 [1]. However, therapeutic modalities for resectable cases vary among institutions throughout the country. More than 90 % of the cancers are invasive ductal carcinomas, most of which are advanced. Series published since the year 2000 have exhibited variability in the probability of long-term survival for patients undergoing resection of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. In these series, the probability of 5-year survival ranged from 12 to 32 % [2–8].


Pancreatic carcinoma Japan Recurrent site Postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery and Science, Graduate School of Medical SciencesKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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