Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Surveillance Counterpoint: Japan
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 . 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].
KeywordsPancreatic carcinoma Japan Recurrent site Postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy
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