Additional therapy after surgical removal of rare tumors may not increase survival
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CINCINNATI — Results of an analysis from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine show that additional therapy, or adjuvant therapy, delivered after surgical removal of a rare type of gastrointestinal tumor does not increase survival rates for patients.

These findings, being presented Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Cancer Symposium in Chicago, provide insight on treatment plans for patients with these types of tumors possibly eliminating the need for prescribed adjuvant therapy, preserving quality of life and saving money.

“Due to a lack of randomized clinical trials, the role of adjuvant therapy in the treatment of patients with surgically removed ampullary tumors is poorly defined,” says Vikrom Dhar, MD, a surgical resident at UC and co-principal investigator on the study along with Syed Ahmad, MD, professor of surgery and director of the Division of Surgical Oncology for the UC College of Medicine. Ahmad is also a UC Health surgical oncologist and director of the UC Cancer Institute’s Pancreatic Disease Center.

Ampullary cancer is a cancer that arises from the ampulla of Vater, which is where the bile duct and pancreatic duct come together and empty into the small intestine. Ampullary cancers often

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