How is pancreatic cancer staged?

Updated: Mar 07, 2019
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Only 20% of all patients presenting with pancreatic cancer are ultimately found to have easily resectable tumors with no evidence of local advancement. Noncurative resections for pancreatic carcinoma provide no survival benefit. Thus, to avoid operating on patients who cannot benefit from the operation, accurate preoperative staging is very important.

Cancer of the exocrine pancreas is classified by the tumor, node, metastasis (TNM) staging system. The staging for pancreatic cancer was modified by the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) in 2002.

Go to Radiologic Diagnosis and Staging of Pancreatic Carcinoma for complete information on this topic.

AJCC staging of pancreatic tumors is as follows [58] :

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