Performance of a Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cancer Conference in Predicting and Managing Resectable Pancreatic Cancer

Bharat Rao, Aslam Syed, Shailendra Singh, Abhishek Gulati, Ghita Moussiade, Mrinal Garg, Manav Sharma, Suzanne Morrissey, Harry Williams, Donald Atkinson, Suzanne Schiffman, Dulabh Monga, Anthony Lupetin, Alexander Kirichenko, Marcia Mitre, Amy Tang, Manish Dhawan, Abhijit Kulkarni, Shyam Thakkar

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


Objectives Surgery is the curative treatment for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). Guidelines recommend utilizing a multidisciplinary pancreatic cancer conference (MDPC) in treatment; however, data are limited. The objective of this study was to assess the accuracy of an MDPC. Methods Patients with PDA presented at an MDPC were prospectively collected from April 2013 to August 2016. Patients were included if the MDPC predicted them to have resectable PDA and underwent upfront surgery. Secondary aims were to compare differences in tumor characteristics, time to surgery, and resection rates with patients prior to MDPC implementation (pre-MDPC). Results A total of 278 patients were presented at the MDPC. After excluding borderline and nonresectable cases, 91 patients were predicted as resectable on evaluation, and 70 were fit for surgery. The MDPC predicted resection in 91.4%. The MDPC had larger tumor size (32.6 vs 24.0 mm), greater proportion of stage II tumor, and a shorter time from diagnosis to resection (27.3 vs 35.5 days) compared with the pre-MDPC. Microscopically negative resections were similar between MDPC and pre-MDPC (85.9% vs 88.0%) despite advanced tumor size and stage. Conclusions The MDPC demonstrates a high resection rate. Compared with a pre-MDPC, MDPC provides shorter time to surgery and selects for advanced tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-84
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • multidisciplinary pancreatic cancer conference
  • outcomes
  • pancreatic adenocarcinoma
  • quality of care
  • resectable pancreatic cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Hepatology
  • Endocrinology


Dive into the research topics of 'Performance of a Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cancer Conference in Predicting and Managing Resectable Pancreatic Cancer'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this