Expert review of anticancer therapy | 11 Nov 2017
Y Karakas, S Lacin and S Yalcin
Pancreatic cancer (PC) demonstrates very poor prognosis and its incidence continues to increase, despite developments in chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and targeted therapies. Surgical resection is currently the only curative approach for PC. The role of radiotherapy in adjuvant and locally advanced PC continues to be increasingly controversial. This review article aims to explore the current knowledge of pancreatic adenocarcinoma, focusing on diagnosis, treatment strategies, and the best supportive care. Areas covered: The current literature on pancreatic adenocarcinoma treatment modalities has been summarized, with a focus on clinical trials and reviews. New treatment strategies and their impact on clinical practice have also been discussed. Expert commentary: Despite many therapeutic developments, only modest improvements in survival rates have been achieved. There is an essential need to increase survival by developing more innovative treatment approaches for patients with PC.
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