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01.11.2010 | 2010 SSAT Quick Shot Presentation | Ausgabe 11/2010

Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 11/2010

Prophylactic Pancreatectomy for Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm Does Not Negatively Impact Quality of Life: A Preliminary Study

Zeitschrift:
Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery > Ausgabe 11/2010
Autoren:
Minna K. Lee, Joseph DiNorcia, Lisa J. Pursell, Marc M. Holden, Wei-Yann Tsai, Peter D. Stevens, Nicole Goetz, Victor R. Grann, John A. Chabot, John D. Allendorf
Wichtige Hinweise
Financial support: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (T32 HL 007854-14), I.W. Foundation
This manuscript was presented at the SSAT Annual Meeting in New Orleans, May 2010.

Abstract

Background

Uncertainties remain over whether prophylactic surgery or surveillance is the better management option for intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm of the pancreas. The aim of this preliminary study was to determine if differences in anxiety and quality of life exist between patients who have surgery or undergo surveillance.

Methods

Recruited patients were given the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, a general survey that evaluates anxiety, and the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Pancreas, a disease-specific survey that assesses quality of life. Questionnaires were scored by standardized algorithms and compared using Student’s t test or Wilcoxon rank-sum test.

Results

Sixteen patients had surgery and 16 patients were undergoing surveillance. Mean age was 66.8 ± 19.9 years. Responses from both groups were remarkably similar. Surgery patients scored higher on the anxiety questionnaire than surveillance patients, although not statistically significant (p = 0.09). Surgery patients scored lower on the functional well-being domain of the quality-of-life instrument (p = 0.03), though there were no differences in overall quality of life.

Conclusion

Prophylactic surgery does not reduce quality of life, and a protocol of surveillance does not appear to generate undue anxiety in this select patient group. Further investigation with more patients is required to validate these findings.

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