Chemo, radiation, surgery combo boosts survival for pancreatic cancer patients

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In roughly one-third of pancreatic cancer patients, tumors have grown around the pancreas to encompass critical blood vessels.

Conventional wisdom has long held that surgery to remove the tumors is rarely an option, and life expectancies are usually measured in months. Mayo Clinic, teaming oncologists, gastrointestinal and vascular surgeons and others, is finding that many of these patients actually are candidates for surgery. Mayo has been fine-tuning a protocol to treat them, and in two studies, found survival now stretching into years.

The findings were presented at the Pancreas Club and Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract annual meetings in San Diego. Read more . . . 

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