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What is staging for pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Tumor size & spread.

Stage i: the cancer is not touching the major blood vessels near the pancreas.
Stage ii: the cancer extends beyond the pancreas, or the cancer has spread to a nearby lymph node. Stage iii: the cancer has wrapped around the major blood vessels near the pancreas. Stage iv: the cancer has spread to other organs. Surgery is usually not recommended for stage iii or IV tumors, but there are exceptions.

In brief: Tumor size & spread.

Stage i: the cancer is not touching the major blood vessels near the pancreas.
Stage ii: the cancer extends beyond the pancreas, or the cancer has spread to a nearby lymph node. Stage iii: the cancer has wrapped around the major blood vessels near the pancreas. Stage iv: the cancer has spread to other organs. Surgery is usually not recommended for stage iii or IV tumors, but there are exceptions.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: One must discern

Resectability: any distant disease in the peritoneum, liver, or distant organs rules that out, but local infiltration - posterior to aorta, and take-off arteries, or engulfing superior mesenteric artery, vein or portal vein, preclude surgery.
Imaging, endoscopic ultrasound, arteriography, mri, and laparoscopy are all used after physical and history. Blood work helps too, .

In brief: One must discern

Resectability: any distant disease in the peritoneum, liver, or distant organs rules that out, but local infiltration - posterior to aorta, and take-off arteries, or engulfing superior mesenteric artery, vein or portal vein, preclude surgery.
Imaging, endoscopic ultrasound, arteriography, mri, and laparoscopy are all used after physical and history. Blood work helps too, .
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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