Pancreatic cancer trial: Early surgery boosts success rates

by | Aug 2, 2017 | Health, News

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 Р31 had their tumours removed successfully.

But it will be two years before doctors know if operating earlier extends life. Find out more BBC News