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Neoplastic Lesions of the Pancreas

  • H.G. Beger
  • M. Siech

Abstract

Most of the patients suffering from pancreatic cancer complain about upper abdominal pain, back pain, weight loss and change of bowel movements. The following signs and symptoms are suspected to be caused by pancreatic cancer: weight loss and back pain in the lower spinal column managed by orthopedic measures without improvement, upper abdominal pain continuing after cholecystectomy and unexplained abnormal glucose tolerance. Patients in cancer stage UICC I+II have survival benefits from oncological resection. However many patients are diagnosed in a very advanced stage with metastasation and/or cancer infiltration into retropancreatic vessels and the mesentery of the small and large bowel. Subgroups of patients with unresectable cancer have benefits from palliative chemotherapy and continuous pain management in regard to maintenance of quality of life and prolongation of survival.

Keywords

Pancreatic Cancer Chronic Pancreatitis Cystic Tumor Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Mucinous Cystic Neoplasm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H.G. Beger
    • 1
  • M. Siech
    • 1
  1. 1.Chirurgische Universitätsklinik u. PoliklinikUniversität UlmUlmGermany

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