Predicting survival after irradiation of metastases from pancreatic cancer

Louisa Bolm, Stefan Janssen, Lukas Käsmann, Ulrich Wellner, Tobias Bartscht, Steven E. Schild, Dirk Rades*

*Corresponding author for this work
6 Citations (Scopus)


Background/Aim: Patients with metastases from pancreas cancer benefit from individualized care, including radiotherapy for symptom control. To administer the optimal radiation therapy, it is important to understand a patient's prognosis. Patients and Methods: Seven variables were analyzed regarding their relationship with survival: age, gender, Karnofsky performance score (KPS), number of metastatic sites, interval from diagnosis of pancreatic cancer to irradiation of metastases, type of irradiated metastasis, and radiation dose. Results: On univariate analysis, survival was positively associated with age ≤67 years (p=0.045), KPS >70 (p<0.001), and involvement of only one metastatic site (p=0.013). A longer interval between diagnosis and irradiation of metastases showed a trend for better survival (p=0.077). On multivariate analysis, age [risk ratio (RR)=4.29; p=0.004], KPS (RR=1.95; p=0.020), number of metastatic sites (RR=2.20; p=0.009) and interval to irradiation (RR=4.41; p=0.005) achieved significance. Conclusion: The present study identified four independent predictors of survival in patients with pancreatic cancer irradiated for metastasis and thus contributes to treatment optimization.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)4105-4108
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 01.07.2015


Dive into the research topics of 'Predicting survival after irradiation of metastases from pancreatic cancer'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this