Staging of pancreatic cancer: resectable, borderline resectable, and unresectable disease.
Abdom Radiol (NY). 2018 Feb;43(2):301-313. doi: 10.1007/s00261-017-1410-2. Soloff EV1, Zaheer A2, Meier J3, Zins M4, Tamm EP5.
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a relatively common malignancy that carries an overall poor prognosis, with five-year survival below 10%. Despite ongoing research, surgical resection remains the only potentially curative treatment. Therefore, accurate identification of those patients who would benefit from surgical resection is of paramount importance. High-quality imaging and image interpretation is central to this process. Radiology helps in the determination of whether patients are resectable, borderline resectable, or unresectable and guides treatment planning.