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Local Invasion of Pancreatic Cancer

2014-08-27 03:13:28 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Pancreatic cancer often spreads through local invasion into local structures, including fat, blood vessels, nerves, and nearby organs (stomach, duodenum, spleen, bile duct). Local microscopic invasion is associated with recurrence of pancreatic cancer after pancreatic resection, such that even if the original cancer is surgically removed, microscopic areas of cancer often remain. Data on the patterns of local invasion by pancreatic cancer have not been published. In this study, The investigators hope to investigate the frequency of the various methods of local invasion of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. This would help the investigators better understand how pancreatic cancer spreads, and determine what cancers are not resectable.

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Pancreatic cancer is the eighth most common malignancy, and the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death, in the United States. Unfortunately, patients often present late in the course of the disease. Accordingly, the 1- year survival rate is approximately 20%, and the 5-year survival rate is less than 4%. Even in patients with local disease who are surgical candidates, survival at five years remains only 10-25%. Staging for pancreatic adenocarcinoma typically utilizes the TNM classification, where "T" represents tumor size, "N" represents regional lymph node metastasis, and "M" represents distant metastasis. This type of staging can usually only be done after operative resection. Unfortunately, up to 25% of patients are found to be unresectable at the time of surgical exploration. This is most often due to local invasion or metastatic disease. Local microscopic invasion is associated with recurrence of pancreatic cancer after pancreatic resection. Comprehensive data on the patterns of local invasion by pancreatic cancer have not been published. We believe that it would be beneficial to investigate the frequency of the various methods of local invasion of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. A clearer understanding of the natural history of local invasion could potentially lead to a better determination of what constitutes unresectability.

Study Design

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Retrospective

Conditions

Pancreatic Cancer

Location

Columbia University Medical Center
New York
New York
United States
10032

Status

Recruiting

Source

Columbia University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:13:28-0400

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Tumors or cancer of the PANCREAS. Depending on the types of ISLET CELLS present in the tumors, various hormones can be secreted: GLUCAGON from PANCREATIC ALPHA CELLS; INSULIN from PANCREATIC BETA CELLS; and SOMATOSTATIN from the SOMATOSTATIN-SECRETING CELLS. Most are malignant except the insulin-producing tumors (INSULINOMA).

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A 36-amino acid pancreatic hormone that is secreted mainly by endocrine cells found at the periphery of the ISLETS OF LANGERHANS and adjacent to cells containing SOMATOSTATIN and GLUCAGON. Pancreatic polypeptide (PP), when administered peripherally, can suppress gastric secretion, gastric emptying, pancreatic enzyme secretion, and appetite. A lack of pancreatic polypeptide (PP) has been associated with OBESITY in rats and mice.

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