A Prospective Study of Patient Reported Outcomes in Pancreatic and Peri-ampullary Malignancy

J. R. E. Rees*, R. C. Macefield, N. S. Blencowe, D. Alderson, M. D. Finch-Jones, J. M. Blazeby

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The purpose of the present study was to describe the impact of treatment of pancreatic and peri-ampullary malignancy on patient reported outcomes (PRO). However, limited data are available describing the impact of curative or palliative therapy on pancreatic/peri-ampullary malignancy and quality of life.

Patients selected for pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) completed the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QLQ-C30 questionnaire pre-surgery and 6 weeks, 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months postoperatively. Patients selected for palliative treatments completed the same questionnaire before treatment and monthly thereafter. Mean scores and 95 % confidence intervals (CI) were calculated for functional scales. Symptom scales and single items were categorized as either minimal or severe, and they were reported as proportions of patients experiencing severe symptoms with 95 % CI.

A total of 100 patients (53 planned PD, 47 palliative) were enrolled. Of the 53 patients planned for surgery, 12 had tumors that were unresectable and 41 underwent pancreatoduodenectomy (PD). Seven patients were excluded because of benign histology or concurrent malignancy. Baseline questionnaire compliance was 70 %. For those undergoing PD, there were 53 complications, 7 deaths at 1 year, and 14 deaths at 2 years. Post-surgery most functions and symptoms deteriorated. Recovery in global health and most symptoms occurred by 3 months, and functional scales recovered by 6 months. Recovery of PRO was maintained in the survivors at 2 years. Palliative patients had poorer function and more symptoms at baseline; however, poor follow-up questionnaire compliance prevented further analysis of this group.

Pancreaticoduodenectomy has a short-term negative impact on PRO that recovers within 6 months and is maintained at 2 years in survivors. Further work evaluating palliative and curative treatment in larger patient groups with disease-specific questionnaires is necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2443-2453
Number of pages11
JournalWorld Journal of Surgery
Issue number10
Early online date29 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

Structured keywords

  • Centre for Surgical Research




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