Tuesday Nov 25, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- Prognosis for
pancreatic cancer is extremely poor.
a new study in the Nov. 15 2008 issue of the International Journal of Radiation
Oncology, Biology and Physics suggests that radiation prior to surgery may
boost the survival odds for patients with pancreatic cancer.
The study led by Dr. David Sherr and colleagues from
Weill Cornell Medical College showed that radiation therapy prior to surgery (adjuvant
radiation) almost doubled survival in patients with operable tumors compared to
those who did the surgery only.
For the study, the researchers looked at data from 3,885
cases of resected pancreatic cancer recorded between 1994 and 2003 in the
National Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) registry.
They found the overall survival of patients who received
radiation before surgery was 23 months compared with 17 months for those
receiving surgery first and then radiation therapy and 12 months for patients
who received surgery only.
With other factors considered, neoadjuvant radiation
reduced the death risk for patients by 45 percent compared with other
treatments and by 37 percent compared with post-surgical radiation.
"It may be that in shrinking the tumor,
pre-operative radiation gives the surgeon more of a margin of healthy tissue to
work with. Because of that, patients are less likely to have microscopic
residual disease," Dr. Sherr speculated.
Pancreatic cancer is expected to be diagnosed in 37,680
men and women in the U.S. and kill 34,290 in the country in 2008, according to
the National Cancer Institute.
cancer is often in late stages when it is diagnosed making it one of the most
deadly cancers in the world.
As always, diet and lifestyle can not only determine
one's risk of pancreatic cancer, but also his or her prognosis for this
Your oncologist may not care,
but you may want to take some advice from a brain tumor survivor Dr. David
Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD a clinical professor
of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh says in his book titled"
Anticancer A New Way of Life that a patient diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
followed a special diet full with anticancer phyto-chemicals and he were able
to survive four and half a year.
Dr. Servan-Schreiber does not specify what the patient
used, but gives out a whole list of anticancer fruits and vegetables including
the most effective anticancer foods such as alliaceous and cruciferous
vegetables like garlic, onion, leeks, broccoli etc.
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