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Pancreatic cancer

Cancer of the pancreas is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States and is second only to colorectal cancer as a cause of digestive cancer-related death. The majority of these tumors are "adenocarcinomas" arising from the ductal lining of the pancreatic epithelial cells. 

Surgical resection is the only potentially curative treatment. Unfortunately, because of the late presentation of the disease, only 15 to 20 percent of patients are candidates for pancreatectomy. The prognosis of pancreatic cancer is poor even in those with potentially resectable disease. The five-year survival following pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple procedure) is only about 25 to 30 percent for node-negative and 10 percent for node-positive tumors.

Encasement of the arteries and veins in the vicinity of the pancreas generally make the tumor not resectable although each case has to be reviewed by an experienced surgeon.

Here, Dr. Tony Talebi discusses general concepts of pancreatic cancer with Dr. Alberto Montero, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center including symptoms of, diagnosis, staging, surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer,Pancreatic cancer prognosis, what causes pancreatic cancer, signs of pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer symptoms, pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer stage 4, treatment of pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer association, stage four pancreatic cancer, small cell pancreatic cancer, symtoms of pancreatic cancer, causes of pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer chemotherapy, what is pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancers, pancreatic cancer information, pancreatic cancer prevention, stage 4 pancreatic cancer, information about pancreatic cancer, stage iv pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer signs, pancreatic cancer symptom, is pancreatic cancer curable, stage 3b pancreatic cancer, lungs cancer symptoms, survival rates for pancreatic cancer, symptoms of pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer survivors, pancreatic cancer symptons, pancreatic cancer survival, treatments of pancreatic cancer, symptons of pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer statistics, non small cell pancreatic cancer, chemo for pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer survival rate, large cell pancreatic cancer, effects of pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer screening, pancreatic cancer diagnosis, pancreatic cancer society, pancreatic cancer clinical trials, pancreatic cancer metastasis, survival rate pancreatic cancer, symptom of pancreatic cancer, info on pancreatic cancer, new treatments for pancreatic cancer, how common is pancreatic cancer. 

Dr. Alberto Montero Credentials:

Board Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine 
American Board of Internal Med-Medical Oncology

Practice Locations
University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center 


University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX
Internal Medicine Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX
University of Texas
Austin, TX