Special Issue "Early Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer"

A special issue of Diagnostics (ISSN 2075-4418).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 November 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Masataka Kikuyama

Department of Gastroenterology, Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious Disease Center Komagome Hospital, 3-18-22, Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8677, Japan
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Interests: pancreatic cancer; EUS; EUS-FNA; ERCP; endoscopic intervention; biliary stent; pancreatic stent; nasopancreatic drainage; pancreatic juice cytology; SPACE
Guest Editor
Prof. Masayuki Kitano

Deparment of Gastroenterology, Wakayama Medical University, Wakayama 641-8509, Japan
Interests: EUS, CE-EUS, EUS-FNA, pancreatic cancer, early diagnosis, IPMN

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Pancreatic cancer (PC) has a poor prognosis, because the diagnosis of PC is delayed. To improve the poor prognosis, early diagnosis is needed. For early diagnosis of PC, patients with clinical manifestations suggestive of PC and high risks for developing PC need to be selected for examination for PC. The signs suggestive of PC, such as abdominal symptoms, DM onset, or acute pancreatitis should not be missed, and the detail of risks for PC including IPMN, chronic pancreatitis, or heredity of PC should be understood. For diagnosing PC, computed tomography (MDCT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET) could be selected, while the diagnostic ability of these examinations for early stage PC is limited. Recently, endoscopic diagnostic procedures, such as endoscopic ultrasonography, including fine-needle aspiration has been widely accepted for diagnosing PC, including small PC, and endoscopic retrograde pancreatocholangiography using serial pancreatic-juice aspiration cytologic examination (SPACE) has been developed for a detailed examination to diagnose earlier pancreatic cancer, including carcinoma in situ.

Dr. Masataka Kikuyama
Prof. Masayuki Kitano
Guest Editors

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  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Early diagnosis
  • IPMN
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • DM
  • Heredity
  • CT
  • MRI
  • PET
  • EUS
  • ERCP

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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