How prevalent is regional spread or distant disease at diagnosis of pancreatic cancer?

Updated: Mar 07, 2019
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Many patients have sought care for symptoms for weeks or months before receiving a definitive diagnosis of pancreatic cancer; in the past, fewer than a third of patients were diagnosed within 2 months of the onset of their symptoms. However, the availability of CT scanning has shortened that interval. Even so, at the time of diagnosis, 52% of all patients with pancreatic cancer have distant disease and 26% have regional spread.


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