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Invited Commentary
August 2015

Long-term Survival After Pancreatic Cancer: Hope Has Arrived

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(8):710-711. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.0702

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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