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How long can a person with pancreatic cancer be expected to live without surgery and only with chemo therapy ?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology
12 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

This really depends on the patient's given clinical situtation including the extent of their disease, other illness that he/she may already have, and their performance status (how well they can or can not do things on their own) but a rough estimate would be about a year.

In brief: Depends

This really depends on the patient's given clinical situtation including the extent of their disease, other illness that he/she may already have, and their performance status (how well they can or can not do things on their own) but a rough estimate would be about a year.
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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6 doctors agree

In brief: Less than a year

Patients with metastatic cancer live generally less than 6 months without treatment and had a median survival of 11 months with an aggressive chemo regimen recently studied (folfirinox).
Unfortunately, patients with locally advanced and even "resectable" disease who can not get resection usually do not fare better with chemotherapy alone despite having no evidence of spread initially.

In brief: Less than a year

Patients with metastatic cancer live generally less than 6 months without treatment and had a median survival of 11 months with an aggressive chemo regimen recently studied (folfirinox).
Unfortunately, patients with locally advanced and even "resectable" disease who can not get resection usually do not fare better with chemotherapy alone despite having no evidence of spread initially.
Dr. Debashish Bose
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Dr. Paul Zhang
The longest survival from phase 2 trials are 13 months, very sad. We need urgent research.
Dr. Paul Zhang
Internal Medicine - Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Re-research

As dr bose correctly pointed out, most patients live only 11 months even with aggressive chemotherapy, and the so called targeted therapy tarceva (erlotinib) only adds survival by 12 days, and it costs (*000, 00) dollars.
In my own lab, we found many "cheap" drugs probably more effective then the expensive ones, but again, we need more research to prove it. Funding....

In brief: Re-research

As dr bose correctly pointed out, most patients live only 11 months even with aggressive chemotherapy, and the so called targeted therapy tarceva (erlotinib) only adds survival by 12 days, and it costs (*000, 00) dollars.
In my own lab, we found many "cheap" drugs probably more effective then the expensive ones, but again, we need more research to prove it. Funding....
Dr. Paul Zhang
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