Surgical Management of Pancreatic Cancer
June 01, 2002
It is with great pleasure that I comment on the excellent article authored by Drs. Ahrendt and Pitt, who have provided a well-written, succinct, up-to-date review focusing on adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. The authors introduce the topic, discuss preoperative staging and assessment of resectability, cover the critical issues regarding resectional therapy and palliative surgery, and provide data on the results of such therapy, including mortality, morbidity, and quality-of-life outcomes. Emphasizing the importance of this topic, the authors note that pancreatic cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in the United States.