HEADLINE: PANCREAS CANCER TREATMENT
ANCHOR LEAD: ALMOST HALF THE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BENEFIT FROM SURGERY FOR CANCER OF THE PANCREAS DON’T GET IT, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Pancreas cancer has a grim outlook, with single digit survival for five years. Yet 40 percent or more of patients who might benefit from surgery aren’t even offered it, a recent study concluded. Michael Choti, a pancreas cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says he thinks referring physicians may need to change their perceptions.
CHOTI: I think there is a feeling, there may be a negative bias among many physicians that any patient with pancreatic cancer may be incurable. The definition or determination of resectibility often requires a high quality imaging CT scan for example of the pancreas to determine resectibility and often referral to a pancreatic center or pancreatic surgeon to make that determination. So often it may be either lack of access or lack of education of the referring physician. :30
Choti says people who are diagnosed with the disease should always seek another opinion. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.