What are the criteria for defining resectability status in pancreatic cancer?

Updated: Mar 07, 2019
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has adopted criteria for defining resectability status, which the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) also recommends. For tumors to be considered localized and clearly resectable, they must demonstrate the following [2] :

  • No distant metastases
  • No evidence of superior mesenteric vein (SMV) or portal vein (PV) distortion
  • Clear fat planes around the celiac axis, hepatic artery and superior mesenteric artery (SMA)

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