How are pancreatic masses characterized by surgeons?

Updated: Mar 07, 2019
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Once an imaging modality has helped to establish a probable diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, the next issue is whether the lesion is amenable to surgical resection. Pancreatic masses are characterized as resectable, unresectable, or borderline resectable. The last designation, borderline resectable, is usually based on the experience and technical skill of the surgeon involved in treatment, as well as on the overall health of the patient and on his or her wishes.


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