Recent advances in diagnosis of pancreatic cancer

Koji Yamaguchi, Yoshiaki Ogawa, Kazuki Yokohata, Hiroyuki Konomi, Masafumi Nakamura, Shigenori Nagata, Masao Tanaka

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The clinical course of patients with pancreatic cancer remains dismal. This may be because the pancreas is a retroperitoneal organ, the symptoms are non-specific, occur late, and pancreas cancer has an invasive nature. Screening for asymptomatic or symptomatic patients using serum tumor markers and ultrasonography is not cost-effective. However, the clinical course of small carcinomas less than 1 cm or 1 cm in size is favorable. Thus, the detection of small pancreatic carcinoma is essential to improve the clinical outcome. Possible discovery of pancreatic carcinoma as a diagnostic clue to diabetes mellitus, and intraductal papillary-mucinous neoplasm are introduced based on our clinical experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)612-616
Number of pages5
JournalGan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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