Preoperative Chemoradiation for Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Does Not Increase 90-Day Postoperative Morbidity or Mortality

Jason W. Denbo, Morgan L. Bruno, Jordan M. Cloyd, Laura Prakash, Jeffrey E. Lee, Michael Kim, Christopher H. Crane, Eugene J. Koay, Sunil Krishnan, Prajnan Das, Bruce D. Minsky, Gauri Varadhachary, Rachna Shroff, Robert Wolff, Milind Javle, Michael J. Overman, David Fogelman, Thomas A. Aloia, Jean Nicolas Vauthey, Jason B. FlemingMatthew H.G. Katz

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Background: The impact of preoperative chemoradiation on postoperative morbidity and mortality of patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma remains controversial. Methods: Consecutive pancreatectomies for adenocarcinoma performed between 2011 and 2015 were prospectively monitored for 90 days by using a previously reported surveillance system to determine the association between preoperative chemoradiation and adverse events, pancreatic fistulae, readmissions, and mortality. Results: Among 209 consecutive patients who underwent pancreatectomy, 159 (76 %) experienced at least one adverse event within 90 postoperative days. Patients who received preoperative chemoradiation (n = 137, 66 %) were more likely to have borderline resectable/locally advanced tumors, to have received induction chemotherapy, and to require vascular resection at pancreatectomy than those who did not receive chemoradiation (all P < 0.05). Nonetheless, there were no significant differences in the rates of severe complications, readmission, or mortality between these groups (all P > 0.05). Among patients who underwent pancreatoduodenectomy, the rate of pancreatic fistula was similar between those who received chemoradiation and those who did not (P = 0.96). In contrast, those who received chemoradiation prior to distal pancreatectomy had a lower rate of pancreatic fistula (P < 0.01). Conclusion: Preoperative chemoradiation is not associated with an increase in 90-day morbidity or mortality, and it may reduce the rate of pancreatic fistula following distal pancreatectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1975-1985
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Chemoradiation
  • Morbidity
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Pancreatic adenocarcinoma
  • Pancreatic fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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