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Abstract Title:

Spontaneous regression of pancreatic cancer: A case report and literature review.

Abstract Source:

Int J Surg Case Rep. 2018 ;42:55-59. Epub 2017 Dec 2. PMID: 29216532

Abstract Author(s):

Ken Min Chin, Chung Yip Chan, Ser Yee Lee

Article Affiliation:

Ken Min Chin


INTRODUCTION: Spontaneous regression of cancer is defined as the partial or complete disappearance of malignant disease without treatment, or in the presence of therapy that is deemed inadequate to exert an influence on malignant disease, as composed by Tilden Everson and Warren Cole in the 1960s. It has been a topic of major interest in the field of medical and surgical oncology. It is poorly understood and scantily documented. Factors associated and postulated pathogeneses are at best, hypothetical.

PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case of spontaneous resolution of a head of pancreas carcinoma in a 77-year-old gentleman after a myocardial infarction event delayed planned surgery.

DISCUSSION: A literature review of previously reported cases of spontaneous regression of pancreatic cancer was performed. The possible predisposing factors to spontaneous regression of pancreatic and other forms of malignancies was reviewed.

CONCLUSION: This is a novel case of spontaneous regression of pancreatic carcinoma after an episode of myocardial infarction. The pathophysiology to spontaneous resolution of cancer is not well understood, may be multifactorial and requires further study.

Study Type : Human: Case Report, Review

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