Pancreatic adenocarcinoma remains a very aggressive and life-threatening disease. The only curative strategy for these patients is surgery, but Choti says that the vast majority of these patients do not have operable disease at the time of presentation. Most patients with pancreatic cancer have either metastatic or locally advanced disease, which precludes the ability to resect the tumor. As a result, early diagnosis through imaging is crucial. Listen here. . .
Michael A. Choti, MD, chief of surgery, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses the role of surgery in the treatment of patients with pancreatic cancer.