Pancreatic cancer trial: Early surgery boosts success rates
Pancreatic cancer has a poor prognosis.
Speeding up access to surgery for pancreatic cancer patients diagnosed early enough increased success rates by a third, a pilot scheme has shown. The Birmingham team said it had saved the NHS £3,200 per patient and could help hundreds of patients UK-wide. The trial involved cutting average time to surgery for 32 patients from two months to just over two weeks – 31 had their tumours removed successfully.
But it will be two years before doctors know if operating earlier extends life. Find out more BBC News