Pancreatic cancer is the most lethal cancer with nearly every patient diagnosed dying within the ensuing 12 months. Pancreatic cancer is projected to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States by 2030.1 Very rarely anecdotal reports on long-term survivors surface; however, such reports are becoming more common as new chemotherapeutic regimens have become used. However, long-term survivors (LTSs) (surviving ≥10 years) even with surgery are still rare, with a rate of only 6% at our institution: a tertiary center providing multidisciplinary treatment. Others2,3 have found similar long-term survival rates.
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