Long-term survival in metastatic pancreatic cancer. A case report and review of the literature

Gian Paolo Spinelli, Angelo Zullo, Adriana Romiti, Marisa Di Seri, Federica Tomao, Evelina Miele, Bruno Spalletta, Annarita Eramo, Cesare Hassan, Silverio Tomao

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Abstract

Context: Pancreatic cancer still remains an incurable disease. The survival rate of patients in all stages of the disease is poor. Overall median survival is 3-5 months with a 12-month survival rate of 10% and a 5-year survival rate less than 5%. Case report: We report a rare case of a long-term survivor (more than 10 years) of metastatic carcinoma of the pancreas tail controlled with subsequent surgical and chemotherapeutic strategies with an acceptable performance status and quality of life. Discussion: This is the fifth case reported in the literature showing that long-term survival may be achieved even in advanced pancreatic cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-491
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Pancreas
Volume7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

Keywords

  • Chemotherapy, adjuvant
  • Drug therapy
  • Pancreatic neoplasms
  • Survivors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology

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