Although pancreatic cancer growth is considered rapid, early recognition of resectable disease remains the best chance for long-term survival. It is possible that an early sign of evolving pancreatic neoplasm is glucose intolerance. In a series of 30 pancreatic cancer patients evaluated at the Mayo Clinic, CT scans obtained 6 months or more before the diagnosis revealed potentially resectable lesions in some, and this was notably true for those who had CT scans and new-onset diabetes several months before the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Thus, physicians evaluating adults with newly diagnosed diabetes should consider the possibility that the glucose intolerance is an accompaniment of early pancreatic neoplasia.
Sorafenib has been approved by the FDA forthe treatment of inoperable hepatocellular cancer. It is an oral multikinase inhibitor that was previously approved for advanced renal cell carcinoma. It is manufactured by Bayer HealthCare AG in Germany and marketed by Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation as Nexavar.