Pancreatic Cancer Screening - Not ready for mainstream

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/2740788

While the USPSTF screening recommendations for pancreatic cancer were negative, this article offers a lot of visions, ideas and pathways for the future. 

Unfortunately, having regular / random MRIs or CT scans will not benefit most people by early detection of pancreatic tumors. The cancers are difficult to see, progress rapidly, and are uncommon. 

However, patients with symptoms or a strong family history can be promptly worked up by specific imaging best suited for pancreatic tumors, if they are seen by a specialist such as a pancreatic surgeon or surgical oncologist. Because, as mentioned in the article, the average radiologist will miss these tumors, review with a dedicated specialist involved in pancreatic disease management is critical. 

Dedicated to the treatment of complex pancreatic tumors and cancers, we offer consultations, genetic testing, and screening. If you have family members with pancreatic cancer or symptoms of pancreatic cancer, our expert team is always available for quick consultation and testing for common genetic markers.

 

Author
Neil H. Bhayani, M.D., MHS, FACS Cancer Surgery & Gastroesophageal / Foregut Surgery

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