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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 2013, Article ID 157581, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/157581
Review Article

Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Oncologic Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Unit 1466, 1515 Holcombe Bovlevard, Houston, TX 77030-4009, USA

Received 21 August 2012; Accepted 27 January 2013

Academic Editor: P. J. O'Dwyer

Copyright © 2013 Rei Suzuki et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Since the development of endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) in the early 1990s, its application has been extended to various diseases. For pancreatic cancer, EUS-FNA can obtain specimens from the tumor itself with fewer complications than other methods. Interventional EUS enables various therapeutic options: local ablation, brachytherapy, placement of fiducial markers for radiotherapy, and direct injection of antitumor agents into cancer. This paper will focus on EUS-guided oncologic therapy for pancreatic cancer.