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World J Gastrointest Oncol. Dec 15, 2017; 9(12): 457-465
Published online Dec 15, 2017. doi: 10.4251/wjgo.v9.i12.457
Neoadjuvant therapy for resectable pancreatic cancer
Sheikh Hasibur Rahman, Robin Urquhart, Michele Molinari
Sheikh Hasibur Rahman, Robin Urquhart, Department of Surgery, Dalhousie University, Halifax B3H 2Y9, Nova Scotia, Canada
Michele Molinari, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States
Author contributions: Rahman SH participated in the concept, design and search of the scientific literature, extracted the data and wrote the manuscript including the tables; Urquhart R participated in the concept and design and participated in revising the manuscript; Molinari M formulated the research question, designed the literature search, supervised and co-authored the manuscript with Rahman SH.
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Correspondence to: Michele Molinari, MD, MSc, Senior Scientist, Surgeon, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 3459 Fifth Avenue, N758, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States.
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Received: June 25, 2017
Peer-review started: June 27, 2017
First decision: August 7, 2017
Revised: August 24, 2017
Accepted: September 15, 2017
Article in press: September 15, 2017
Published online: December 15, 2017
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Core Tip

Core tip: The use of neoadjuvant therapy for patients with resectable pancreatic cancer (PC) has been used by an increasing number of cancer centers around the world. The main rationale of using neoadjuvant therapies in resectable PC is the hope that patients’ likelihood of long-term overall survival will benefit from the chemo or chemoradiation therapy administered when their overall conditions allow them to tolerate the treatment. At this time, there is no phase III trial to support the use of neoadjuvant therapies in resectable PC. Without strong scientific evidence supporting the theoretical advantages of neoadjuvant therapies, these potential benefits might turn out not to be worth the risk of tumors progression while waiting for surgery.