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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital - Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Five-Year Survivors 65 and Up Live Nearly as Long As Anyone
By Dross at 2007-01-12 01:42
 

[via Thomas Jefferson University Hospital - Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Five-Year Survivors 65 and Up Live Nearly as Long As Anyone]:

A new study shows that pancreatic cancer patients 65 or older who live at least five years after surgery have nearly as good a chance as anyone else to live another five years. Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia reviewed the records of 890 patients with pancreatic cancer who underwent the standard pancreaticoduodenectomy, or Whipple procedure, which entails the removal of the gallbladder, common bile duct, part of the duodenum, and the head of the pancreas, between 1970 and 1999 at Johns Hopkins University. They identified those who lived for five years, and compared those who lived for at least an additional five years to the actuarial estimated survival of the general population beginning at age 70. Reporting in the journal Surgery, they found that 201 patients (23 percent) lived five years after surgery, at least half of whom were 65 years old or older at the time of surgery. Of those five-year survivors, an estimated 65 percent lived at least an additional five years.

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