Results of treatment in carcinoma of the pancreas (Hebrew)

J. Honigman, Y. Cohen, E. Robinson

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40 patients operated for malignant neoplasm of the pancreas were referred for further treatment between 1968-1973. 35 had undergone exploratory or bypass operation and 5 a radical operation. In only 16 was the diagnosis of adenocarcinoma histologically confirmed, while in the others follow up confirmed the macroscopic operative diagnosis. 16 (40%) of the patients received 5 fluorouracil and 17 (52.5%) 5 fluorouracil with radiotherapy to the upper abdomen (3000 rad). 7 (17.5%) patients died before therapy could be started. The 1 yr survival of all patients was 14% and the median survival time was 3.5 mth, which does not differ from that of untreated patients. Conventional oncological treatment by chemotherapy and radiotherapy does not seem to change the natural history of the disease, although brief palliation was obtained in some of the patients. A prospective trial with a higher dosage of radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy is advocated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-206 + 252
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1976
Externally publishedYes

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