What are ASCO treatment guidelines for potentially curable pancreatic cancer?

Updated: Mar 07, 2019
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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In 2016, the American Society of Clinical Oncology released guidelines for the treatment of potentially curable pancreatic cancer which included the following key recommendations [92] :

  • After histopathologic confirmation of the diagnosis, a multiphase CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis using a pancreatic protocol or MRI  should be performed to gauge the anatomic relations of the tumor to other internal structures and to evaluate patients for the presence of intra-abdominal metastases.
  • Supplemental studies may include endoscopic ultrasound, diagnostic laparoscopy, or both.
  • Performance status, symptom burden, and comorbidity profile should be carefully evaluated at baseline, and the goals of care should be shaped by patient preferences before arriving at a multidisciplinary treatment plan.
  • Patients should be informed about any relevant clinical trials for experimental or palliative care.

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