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Clinical presentation and waiting time targets do not affect prognosis in patients with pancreatic cancer


Raptis, D A; Fessas, C; Belasyse-Smith, P; Kurzawinski, T R (2010). Clinical presentation and waiting time targets do not affect prognosis in patients with pancreatic cancer. The Surgeon, 8(5):239-246.

Abstract

This study showed that pre-hospital delays in referring patients to a specialist unit, but not hospital related 62 days target, had an no impact on operability, resectability and survival. Clinical presentation also had no impact on the survival. We confirmed that pancreatic resection is the most important factor in determining the length of survival in patients with pancreatic cancer. Our study implies that the successful implementation of the 62 days National Cancer Waits Target across the UK is unlikely to have an impact on prognosis in patients with pancreatic cancer. Focusing on early referral to specialist Pancreatic Units might be more effective.

Abstract

This study showed that pre-hospital delays in referring patients to a specialist unit, but not hospital related 62 days target, had an no impact on operability, resectability and survival. Clinical presentation also had no impact on the survival. We confirmed that pancreatic resection is the most important factor in determining the length of survival in patients with pancreatic cancer. Our study implies that the successful implementation of the 62 days National Cancer Waits Target across the UK is unlikely to have an impact on prognosis in patients with pancreatic cancer. Focusing on early referral to specialist Pancreatic Units might be more effective.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Visceral and Transplantation Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:13 Apr 2011 15:20
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:47
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1479-666X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surge.2010.03.001
PubMed ID:20709279

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