The significance of the early detection of clinical symptoms in the overall survival of patients with pancreatic cancer

 
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2007 (EN)
The significance of the early detection of clinical symptoms in the overall survival of patients with pancreatic cancer (EN)

Polyzos A.,
Giamarellos-Bourboulis E., .
Nikou G., .
Katsilambros N.,
Arnaouti Th., .
Zoumbouli-Vafiadi I.,
Tsatali E., .

SUMMARY In order to identify whether early detection of clinical symptoms of pancreatic cancer may lead to earlier diagnosis and prolonged survival, the overall survival of 62 patients diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas in the period January 1994-1996 and followed up until January 2000 was determined by Kaplan Meier analysis. In 25 patients clinical symptoms led the physician to the appropriate laboratory and radiological investigation to the final diagnosis and in the remaining 37 another initial diagnosis was established. Survival was compared between patients with stage IV disease. Median survival in the group of 25 patients where suspicion of pancreatic cancer was implemented earlier was 6.5 months and in those where final diagnosis was delayed was 4 months (p: 0.025). Median delay of the implication of the final diagnosis in the later group of patients was 3 months. Both groups of patients did not differ concerning the disease stage of their patients, being stage IV in the majority of cases. It is concluded that early detection of the clinical symptoms of pancreatic cancer may prolong survival even in patients with stage IV disease. Key Words: Pancreatic cancer, survival (EN)

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Ελληνική Γαστροεντερολογική Εταιρία (EL)
Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology (EN)

2007-03-19


Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology (EN)

1792-7463
1108-7471
Annals of Gastroenterology; Volume 14, No 1 (2001) (EN)



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