Pulmonary resection for solitary metastasis from pancreatic cancer

Takahisa Fujikawa


Pancreatic cancer is still one of the most lethal cancer diseases, and recurrence occurs in more than 80% of the patients even though curative resection was achieved.  We experienced a case of pulmonary resection for solitary lung metastasis of the pancreatic cancer that developed after pancreaticoduodenectomy and following adjuvant chemotherapy. The postoperative course was uneventful and long-term survival was achieved. Pulmonary resection could improve the prognosis of selected patients who are suffering from lung metastasis of pancreatic cancer, and can be considered as a treatment option.


pancreatic cancer, lung metastasis, lung resection


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