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Pancreatic cancer: Minimally invasive treatments and possible links to GI diseases
Date:5/3/2010

adarajulu, MD, and fellow researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine studied 36 patients over a 30-month period who had undergone EUS to treat pancreatic pseudocysts. They found that EUS is as effective as surgery and, because the procedure is less invasive than surgery, patients experienced no pain or scarring, and shorter length of stay in the hospital following the procedure (two days after EUS compared with six days after surgery). Researchers found no difference in the rate of recurrence of pseudocysts between EUS and surgery. EUS is also less costly than surgery ($8,195 compared with $22,475 for surgery).

"Our results show the effectiveness of EUS in treating pseudocysts and indicate that an investment in the development of better devices for performing this procedure would be worthwhile," said Dr. Varadarajulu. "Not only do patients have a better experience overall, but the cost to the health-care system is significantly lower using EUS."

Dr. Varadarajulu will present these data on Monday, May 3 at 3:50 p.m. CT in Ballroom C, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Pancreatic Cancer: A Prospective Cohort Study (Abstract #252)

Researchers at the University of Utah have discovered a potential link between pancreatic cancer and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a disease that afflicts one in 500 Americans.

Investigators had previously observed that pancreatic cancer seemed to occur more frequently in patients and family members of patients with IBD, so researchers examined data from the NCI's Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database in conjunction with the Utah cancer registry. They looked at a retrospective, population-based cohort study of 2,877 adult patients over a 10-year period.

Their findings substantiated up to a six-fold increased risk of pancreatic cancer in patients with certain forms of IBD, which investigators say sugg
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