08 September 2010

Pancreatic Chemo Comparison Finds No Survival Boost

Search for more successful treatments for the deadly cancer continues, expert says

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The study authors noted that, currently, the prognosis for pancreatic cancer is very poor, with a five-year survival rate of less than 5 percent. Surgery to remove cancerous tissue can boost the odds to as much as 10 percent, however, and there is active search underway to improve a patient's chances even more by adding in additional chemotherapy following surgery.


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