A new study by researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, 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 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” – or 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. In the general population, roughly 87 percent of the same age group live another five years.
The study has an important message, says Charles Yeo, M.D., Samuel Gross Professor and Chair of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College, who led the work. 'A decade ago, many clinicians thought that there was little reason to operate on patients with pancreatic ductal cancer, //that surgery does little to extend life and improve the quality of life,' says Dr. Yeo. 'Not too long ago, few lived for five years after diagnosis. Today that’s not true. There’s been a paradigm shift in the way we treat and think about this disease.'
While only approximately 25 percent of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer who undergo successful surgical 'resection' of their disease live at least five years, overall, of those who live for five years after resection, somPage: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
. Bird Flu Pandemic Study: Clerical & Support Staff May Stay At Home2
. New Study: Pine Bark Significantly Reduces Endometriosis3
. Older men father schizophrenics4
. Creatine Helps Strengthen Older Men5
. Older Men Surviving Coronary Bypasses6
. Older womens heart health depends on location of fat7
. Older Breast Cancer Patients Can Be Effectively Treated With Chemotherapy 8
. Frailty in Older Women may be due to Chronic Infection9
. Withdrawal Notice Issued For Older Pacemakers Due To Malfunctioning of the Device 10
. Older People May Not Need Multivitamins To Prevent Infections11
. Gene Variation Associated With Better Mobility For Older Individuals