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HPB Surgery
Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 181-183

Palliative Resection of Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

University Surgical Unit, F level Centre Block Southampton General Hospital Tremona Road Southampton SO16 6YD, USA

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A survey was carried out by postal questionnaire of the attitudes of British surgeons to pancreatic resection as palliation for ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. Replies from 24 surgeons related to experience in over 700 resections. The incidence of estimated residual local disease after resection was median 12.5 percent, range 0–35 percent. Half(12) of the surgeons felt that pancreatic resection with residual macroscopic disease was justified. Only 3 (12.5 percent) surgeons accepted that palliative resection in the presence of liver metastases was sometimes justifiable. Further evidence is required of improved quality of life after resection before the majority of surgeons will accept palliative resection in the management of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.