Cancer of the pancreas: diagnostic accuracy and survival statistics.

  title={Cancer of the pancreas: diagnostic accuracy and survival statistics.},
  author={Birgir Gudjonsson and Elliot M. Livstone and Howard M. Spiro},
  volume={42 5},
We have reviewed the natural history, reliability of diagnosis, and survivorship of 100 patients with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas, in the context of a thorough review of the literature on survival after therapy for adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. There is 40--62.5% error in the histologic confirmation of the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The error by inspection and palpation alone at the time of surgery may be as great as 25%. The absolute 5 year survival rate calculated from 61 clinical… CONTINUE READING

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