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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.

 


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