John L Cameron

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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    ABSTRACT: The significance of indeterminate pulmonary nodules (IPNs) in patients undergoing resection of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is unknown. We sought to define the prevalence and impact of IPN in such patients. We studied all patients who underwent surgical resection of PDAC between 1980 and 2013. IPN was defined as ≥1 well-defined lung nodule(s) less than 3 cm in diameter. Survival was assessed using univariate and multivariate Cox models. Of the 2306 resected patients, 374 (16.2 %) had a preoperative chest computed tomography (CT) scan. Of these patients, 183 (49 %) had ≥1 IPN. Demographic and clinicopathological characteristics were similar among patients with or without IPN (all P > 0.05). Median survival was comparable among patients who did (15.6 months) or did not (18.0 months) have IPN (P = 0.66). Of the 183 patients with IPN, 29 (16 %) progressed to clinically recognizable metastatic lung disease compared to 13 % without IPN (P = 0.38). The presence of >1 IPN was associated with the development of lung metastasis (relative risk 1.58, 95 % CI 1.03-2.4; P = 0.05). However, lung metastasis was not associated with survival (P = 0.24). An IPN proved to be a lung metastasis in only one of six patients with PDAC undergoing surgical resection in this study. Survival was not impacted, even among patients who developed lung metastasis. Patients with PDAC who have IPN should not be precluded from surgical consideration.
    Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 01/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11605-014-2740-9 · 2.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a promising option for patients with pancreatic cancer (PCA); however, limited data support its efficacy. This study reviews our institutional experience of SBRT in the treatment of locally advanced (LAPC) and borderline resectable (BRPC) PCA. Methods Charts of all PCA patients receiving SBRT at our institution from 2010 to 2014 were reviewed. Most patients received pre-SBRT chemotherapy. Primary endpoints included overall survival (OS) and local progression-free survival (LPFS). Patients received a total dose of 25–33 Gy in five fractions. Results A total of 88 patients were included in the analysis, 74 with LAPC and 14 with BRPC. The median age at diagnosis was 67.2 years, and median follow-up from date of diagnosis for LAPC and BRPC patients was 14.5 and 10.3 months, respectively. Median OS from date of diagnosis was 18.4 months (LAPC, 14.4 mo; BRPC, 18.4 mo) and median PFS was 9.8 months (95 % CI 8.0–12.3). Acute toxicity was minimal with only three patients (3.4 %) experiencing acute grade ≥3 toxicity. Late grade ≥2 gastrointestinal toxicity was seen in five patients (5.7 %). Of the 19 patients (21.6 %) who underwent surgery, 79 % were LAPC patients and 84 % had margin-negative resections. Conclusions Chemotherapy followed by SBRT in patients with LAPC and BRPC resulted in minimal acute and late toxicity. A large proportion of patients underwent surgical resection despite limited radiographic response to therapy. Further refinements in the integration of chemotherapy, SBRT, and surgery might offer additional advancements toward optimizing patient outcomes.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 01/2015; DOI:10.1245/s10434-014-4274-5 · 3.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The first successful local resection of a periampullary tumor was performed by Halsted in 1898. Kausch performed the first regional resection in 1909, and the operation was popularized by Whipple in 1935. The operation was infrequently performed until the 1980s and 1990s. Two thousand consecutive pancreaticoduodenectomies performed by 1 surgeon (JLC) from the 1960s to the 2000s were retrospectively reviewed from a prospectively maintained database. The first 1,000 were performed over a period of 34 years, the second 1,000 over a period of 9 years. The most common indication throughout was adenocarcinoma of the head of the pancreas (PDAC, 46%). Benign intraductal papillary mutinous neoplasm (IPMN) increased from 1% (1990s) to 8% (2000s) (p = 0.002). Age range was 13 years to 103 years. Mean age increased from 59 years (1980s) to 66 (2000s) (p = 0.001), as did those older than 80 (3% to 12%, p = 0.002). Thirty-day mortality was 1.4%; hospital mortality was 1.7%. Delayed gastric emptying (23%), pancreatic fistulas (16%), and wound infections (11%), were the most frequent morbidity, and have not decreased. The median number of blood transfusions decreased from 2 (1980s) to 0 (1990s and 2000s) (p = 0.004). Length of stay decreased from 21 days (1980s) to 13 (1990s) days to 10 days (2000s) (p = 0.002). Five-year survival for PDAC increased from 19% (1990s) to 24% (2000s) (p = 0.02), and 5-year survival for node-negative, margin-negative PDAC patients was 39%. The volume of pancreatic pathology has attracted 22 basic and clinical scientists to Hopkins, which has $28.5 million of direct support and more than $30 million in endowments, to support research in pancreatic cancer. The volume of clinical material has also supported the training of many young surgeons, 15 of whom have become department chairmen, and more than 20 have become division chiefs. Copyright © 2015 American College of Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons 01/2015; 220(4). DOI:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2014.12.031 · 4.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is a rapidly progressive malignancy characterized by its tendency for early metastatic spread. MDCT is the primary diagnostic modality for the preoperative staging of patients with pancreatic cancer, with an accuracy established in multiple studies. However, for a variety of reasons, there is often a prolonged interval between staging MDCT and the surgical intervention. This study examines the relationship between the interval between imaging and surgery and the accuracy of MDCT in determining the presence or absence of metastatic disease at surgery in patients with pancreatic cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS. Patients were identified who had undergone surgery for pancreatic cancer at our institution with a dedicated preoperative pancreas-protocol MDCT performed in our department. Findings from the preoperative MDCT report were correlated with the operative findings, as well as the time between imaging and surgery. RESULTS. Two hundred ninety-two MDCT scans were performed on 256 patients who underwent exploration for pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The patients had a median age of 67 years (range, 30-95 years), and 51.6% (132/256) were male. The median time between MDCT and surgical exploration was 15.5 days (range, 1-198 days). MDCT correctly predicted the absence of metastatic disease at surgery in 233 of 274 (85.0%) studies. MDCT was more accurate in predicting the absence of metastatic disease if the study was performed within 25 days of surgery than it was if the study was performed within more than 25 days of surgery (89.3% vs 77.0%; p = 0.0097). Furthermore, regression models showed that the negative predictive value of a given MDCT significantly decreased after approximately 4 weeks. CONCLUSION. MDCT is an accurate method to stage patients with pancreatic cancer, but its accuracy in excluding distant metastatic disease depreciates over time. Patients should undergo a repeat MDCT within 25 days of any planned definitive operative intervention for pancreatic cancer to avoid unexpectedly finding metastatic disease at surgery.
    American Journal of Roentgenology 01/2015; 204(1):W37-42. DOI:10.2214/AJR.13.12439 · 2.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Readmission after pancreatectomy is common, but few data compare patterns of readmission to index and nonindex hospitals. To evaluate the rate of readmission to index and nonindex institutions following pancreatectomy at a tertiary high-volume institution and to identify patient-level factors predictive of those readmissions. Retrospective analysis of a prospectively collected institutional database linked to statewide data of patients who underwent pancreatectomy at a tertiary care referral center between January 1, 2005, and December 2, 2010. Pancreatectomy. The primary outcome was unplanned 30-day readmission to index or nonindex hospitals. Risk factors and reasons for readmission were measured and compared by site using univariable and multivariable analyses. Among all 623 patients who underwent pancreatectomy during the study period, 134 (21.5%) were readmitted to our institution (105 [78.4%]) or to an outside institution (29 [21.6%]). Fifty-six patients (41.8%) were readmitted because of a gastrointestinal or nutritional problem related to surgery and 42 patients (31.3%) because of a postoperative infection. On multivariable analysis, factors independently associated with readmission included age 65 years or older (odds ratio [OR], 1.80; 95% CI, 1.19-2.71), preexisting liver disease (OR, 2.28; 95% CI, 1.23-4.24), distal pancreatectomy (OR, 1.77; 95% CI, 1.11-2.84), and postoperative drain placement (OR, 2.81; 95% CI, 1.00-7.14). In total, 21.5% of patients required early readmission after pancreatectomy. Even in the setting of a tertiary care referral center, 21.6% of these readmissions were to nonindex institutions. Specific patient-level factors were associated with an increased risk of readmission.
    12/2014; 150(2). DOI:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.2346
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    ABSTRACT: Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) of the pancreas are precursor lesions that progress to invasive cancer through progressively worsening dysplasia. Although smoking is an established risk factor for pancreatic adenocarcinoma, potential associations with IPMN grade of dysplasia remain unclear. Pancreatic resections for IPMN from 1995 to 2013 were retrospectively reviewed. A total of 446 patients in which the smoking status was documented were identified. Smoking history was positive in 47 % of patients. Of smokers, 50 % had branch-duct, 14 % had main-duct, and 36 % had mixed-type IPMN. Patients with main-duct IPMN were more commonly smokers (65 %), compared to smoking history in 46 % with mixed and 44 % with branch-duct IPMN (p = 0.03). High-grade dysplasia occurred in 25 % of smokers and 21 % of nonsmokers (p = 0.32), and invasive carcinoma in 25 % of smokers and 25 % nonsmokers (p = 0.95). On multivariate analysis, duct size was independently associated with high-grade dysplasia (OR = 3.17, 95 %CI = 1.79-5.64, p < 0.001). Presence of mural nodules (OR = 3.34, 95 %CI = 1.82-6.12, p < 0.001), duct size (OR = 3.87, 95 %CI = 2.21-6.75, p < 0.001), and symptoms (OR = 7.10, 95 %CI = 3.80-13.08, p < 0.001), but not smoking history (OR = 1.10, 95 %CI = 0.64-1.88, p = 0.73), were independent predictors of invasive carcinoma. Median overall survival was 70 months for smokers and 88 months for nonsmokers (p = 0.68). Positive smoking history correlated with duct type classification but does not appear to be a risk factor for harboring high-grade dysplasia or invasive carcinoma in IPMNs.
    Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 12/2014; 19(4). DOI:10.1007/s11605-014-2714-y · 2.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Data on the effect of bile duct injuries (BDI) on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) are not well defined. We sought to assess long-term HRQOL after BDI repair in a large cohort of patients spanning a 23-year period.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons 06/2014; 219(5). DOI:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2014.04.024 · 4.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The impact of postoperative complications on the administration of adjuvant therapy following pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) for adenocarcinoma is still unclear. A retrospective review of all patients undergoing PD at our institution between 1995 and 2011 was performed. Clinicopathological data, including Clavien-Dindo complication grade, time to adjuvant therapy (TTA), and survival, were analyzed. A total of 1,144 patients underwent PD for adenocarcinoma between 1995 and 2011. The overall complication rate was 49.1 % and clinically severe complications (≥IIIb) occurred in 4.2 %. Overall, 621 patients (54.3 %) were known to have received adjuvant therapy. The median TTA was 60 days. Although the presence of a complication was associated with a delay in TTA (p = 0.002), the grade of complication was not (p = 0.112). On multivariate analysis, only age > 68 years (p < 0.001) and length of stay >9 days (p = 0.002) correlated with no adjuvant therapy. Patients with postoperative complications were more likely to receive single adjuvant chemotherapy or radiation therapy (31.4 %) than were patients without complications (17.1 %; p < 0.001). Patients without a complication had a longer median survival compared with patients who experienced complications (19.5 vs. 16.1 months; p = 0.001). Patients without complications who received adjuvant therapy had longer median survival than patients with complications who received no adjuvant therapy (22.5 vs. 10.7 months; p < 0.001). Multivariate analysis demonstrated that complications [hazard ratio (HR) 1.16; p = 0.023] and adjuvant therapy (HR 0.67; p < 0.001) were related to survival. Complications and no adjuvant therapy are common following PD for adenocarcinoma. Postoperative complications delay TTA and reduce the likelihood of multimodality adjuvant therapy. Identifying patients at increased risk for complications and those unlikely to receive adjuvant therapy warrants further investigation as they may benefit from a neoadjuvant approach.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 04/2014; 21(9). DOI:10.1245/s10434-014-3722-6 · 3.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The determination of the primary tumor origin of patients with neuroendocrine tumor liver metastases (NELM) can pose a significant management challenge. Recent studies have shown that the alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) is prevalent in some human tumors, including pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNET), and can be useful in predicting tumor biology. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the utility of ALT as a biomarker in patients with NELM, in particular to predict the site of origin of the metastases. Methods: Tissue Microarrays (TMAs) were constructed using tumor tissue from NELM patients undergoing liver resection between 1998-2010. These included 43 PanNET and 47 gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors. The TMAs were tested for ALT using telomere-specific fluorescent in-situ hybridization. The association between ALT positivity and clinicopathologic features and long-term outcome was investigated. Results: ALT was positive (ALT+) in 26 (29%) of the 90 tumors included in the TMAs. PanNET were ALT+ in 56% of cases, compared to only 4% ALT+ among gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors (p<0.001). The specificity of ALT for detecting pancreatic origin was 96% and the positive predictive value 92%, while the sensitivity was 56% and the negative predictive value 70%. Additionally, ALT was associated with the pattern of metastatic disease: ALT+ NELM were more likely to have oligometastases (p=0.001) and less likely to be bilateral in distribution (p=0.05) than were ALT- tumors. Furthermore, ALT+ was associated with improved prognosis in the PanNET patient population. Conclusions: ALT was found to be a useful biomarker in patients with NELM. This marker may be helpful in guiding therapy by identifying the site of origin in patients in whom the primary site is unknown.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons 04/2014; 218(4). DOI:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2014.01.001 · 4.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The development of noninvasive methods to detect and monitor tumors continues to be a major challenge in oncology. We used digital polymerase chain reaction-based technologies to evaluate the ability of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) to detect tumors in 640 patients with various cancer types. We found that ctDNA was detectable in >75% of patients with advanced pancreatic, ovarian, colorectal, bladder, gastroesophageal, breast, melanoma, hepatocellular, and head and neck cancers, but in less than 50% of primary brain, renal, prostate, or thyroid cancers. In patients with localized tumors, ctDNA was detected in 73, 57, 48, and 50% of patients with colorectal cancer, gastroesophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, and breast adenocarcinoma, respectively. ctDNA was often present in patients without detectable circulating tumor cells, suggesting that these two biomarkers are distinct entities. In a separate panel of 206 patients with metastatic colorectal cancers, we showed that the sensitivity of ctDNA for detection of clinically relevant KRAS gene mutations was 87.2% and its specificity was 99.2%. Finally, we assessed whether ctDNA could provide clues into the mechanisms underlying resistance to epidermal growth factor receptor blockade in 24 patients who objectively responded to therapy but subsequently relapsed. Twenty-three (96%) of these patients developed one or more mutations in genes involved in the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway. Together, these data suggest that ctDNA is a broadly applicable, sensitive, and specific biomarker that can be used for a variety of clinical and research purposes in patients with multiple different types of cancer.
    Science translational medicine 02/2014; 6(224):224ra24. DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.3007094 · 14.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Patient-specific factors impacting the need for possible perioperative blood transfusions have not been examined in patients undergoing hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) procedures. We sought to define the overall utilization of blood transfusions for HPB surgery stratified by procedure type, as well as identify patient-level risk factors for transfusion. Hepatic and pancreatic resections were selected from the 2005-2011 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program's public use files. Transfusion utilization, risk factors, temporal trends, and outcomes were assessed using regression models. Missing data were addressed using multiple imputation. Twenty-six thousand eight hundred twenty-seven patients met the inclusion criteria. There were 16,953 pancreas cases (distal pancreatectomy (31.2 %), pancreaticoduodenectomy (65.8 %), total pancreatectomy (3.0 %)), and 9,874 liver cases (wedge resection (60.0 %), hemi-hepatectomy (30.1 %), trisegmentectomy (9.9 %)). Overall, 25.7 % patients received a perioperative transfusion. Transfusion rates varied by operation type (hepatic wedge resection 18.7 %, lobectomy 31.3 %, trisegmentectomy 39.8 %, distal pancreatectomy 19.8 %, Whipple 28.7 %, total pancreatectomy 43.6 %, p < 0.001). On multivariate analysis, several patient-level factors were strongly associated with the risk of transfusion: preoperative hematocrit <36 % (risk ratios (RR) 1.99, 95 % CI 1.91-2.08), preoperative albumin <3.0 g/dL (RR 1.25, 95 % CI 1.19-1.31), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) class IV (RR 1.24, 95 % CI 1.16-1.33), and anticoagulation/bleeding disorder (RR 1.26, 95 % CI 1.15-1.38) (all p < 0.001). Patients with any one of these high-risk factors had an over twofold increased risk of perioperative transfusion (RR 2.31, 95 % CI 2.21-2.40, p < 0.001). There are large differences in the incidence of transfusion among patients undergoing HPB procedures. While the type of HPB procedure was associated with the risk of transfusion, patient-level factors-including preoperative hematocrit and albumin, ASA classification, and history of anticoagulation/bleeding disorder-were as important.
    Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 12/2013; 18(4). DOI:10.1007/s11605-013-2417-9 · 2.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To generate a map of local recurrences after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) for patients with resectable pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) and to model an adjuvant radiation therapy planning treatment volume (PTV) that encompasses a majority of local recurrences. Consecutive patients with resectable PDA undergoing PD and 1 or more computed tomography (CT) scans more than 60 days after PD at our institution were reviewed. Patients were divided into 3 groups: no adjuvant treatment (NA), chemotherapy alone (CTA), or chemoradiation (CRT). Cross-sectional scans were centrally reviewed, and local recurrences were plotted to scale with respect to the celiac axis (CA), superior mesenteric artery (SMA), and renal veins on 1 CT scan of a template post-PD patient. An adjuvant clinical treatment volume comprising 90% of local failures based on standard expansions of the CA and SMA was created and simulated on 3 post-PD CT scans to assess the feasibility of this planning approach. Of the 202 patients in the study, 40 (20%), 34 (17%), and 128 (63%) received NA, CTA, and CRT adjuvant therapy, respectively. The rate of margin-positive resections was greater in CRT patients than in CTA patients (28% vs 9%, P=.023). Local recurrence occurred in 90 of the 202 patients overall (45%) and in 19 (48%), 22 (65%), and 49 (38%) in the NA, CTA, and CRT groups, respectively. Ninety percent of recurrences were within a 3.0-cm right-lateral, 2.0-cm left-lateral, 1.5-cm anterior, 1.0-cm posterior, 1.0-cm superior, and 2.0-cm inferior expansion of the combined CA and SMA contours. Three simulated radiation treatment plans using these expansions with adjustments to avoid nearby structures were created to demonstrate the use of this treatment volume. Modified PTVs targeting high-risk areas may improve local control while minimizing toxicities, allowing dose escalation with intensity-modulated or stereotactic body radiation therapy.
    International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 12/2013; 87(5):1007-1015. DOI:10.1016/j.ijrobp.2013.09.005 · 4.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Neoadjuvant therapy increases rates of margin-negative resection of borderline resectable pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (BL-PDAC). Criteria for BL-PDAC resection following neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation therapy (NCRT) have not been clearly defined. Fifty consecutive patients with BL-PDAC who received NCRT from 2007 to 2012 were identified. Computed tomography (CT) scans pre- and post-treatment were centrally reviewed. Twenty-nine patients (58 %) underwent resection following NCRT, while 21 (42 %) remained unresected. Patients selected for and successfully undergoing resection were more likely to have better performance status and absence of the following features on pre- and post-treatment CT: superior mesenteric vein/portal vein encasement, superior mesenteric artery involvement, tumor involvement of two or more vessels, and questionable/overt metastases (all p <0.05). Tumor volume and degree of tumor-vessel involvement did not significantly change in both groups after NCRT (all p > 0.05). The median overall survival was 22.9 months in resected versus 13.0 months in unresected patients (p < 0.001). Of patients undergoing resection, 93 % were margin-negative, 72 % were node-negative, and 54 % demonstrated moderate pathologic response to NCRT. Apparent radiographic extent of vascular involvement does not change significantly after NCRT. Patients without metastatic disease should be chosen for surgical exploration based on adequate performance status and lack of disease progression.
    12/2013; 2(4):413-425. DOI:10.1007/s13566-013-0115-6
  • International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 11/2013; 87(3):458-9. DOI:10.1016/j.ijrobp.2013.06.2039 · 4.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: IMPORTANCE It is not known whether hospital and surgeon volumes have an association with readmission among patients undergoing pancreatoduodenectomy. OBJECTIVE To evaluate patient-, surgeon-, and hospital-level factors associated with readmission. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Retrospective cohort study using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare data with cases diagnosed from January 1, 1998, to December 31, 2005, and followed up until December 2007. Population-based cancer registry data were linked to Medicare data for the corresponding patients. A total of 1488 unique individuals who underwent a pancreatoduodenectomy were identified. INTERVENTIONS Undergoing pancreatoduodenectomy at hospitals classified by volume of pancreatoduodenectomy procedures performed at the facility were either very-low, low, medium, or high volume. Undergoing pancreatoduodenectomy by surgeons classified by volume of pancreatoduodenectomy procedures performed by the surgeon were either very-low, low, medium, or high volume. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES In-hospital morbidity, mortality, and 30-day readmission were examined. RESULTS The median age was 74 years, and 1436 patients (96.5%) had a least 1 medical comorbidity. Patients were treated by 575 distinct surgeons at 298 distinct hospitals. Length of stay was longest (median, 17 days) and 90-day mortality highest (17.2%) at very-low-volume hospitals (P < .001). Among all pancreatoduodenectomy patients, 292 (21.3%) were readmitted within 30 days of discharge. There was no effect of surgeon volume and a modest effect of hospital volume (odds ratio for highest- vs lowest-volume quartiles, 1.85; 95% CI, 1.22-2.80; P = .02). The presence of significant preoperative medical comorbidities was associated with an increased risk for hospital readmission after pancreatoduodenectomy. A comorbidity score greater than 13 had a pronounced effect on the chance of readmission following pancreatoduodenectomy (odds ratio, 2.06; 95% CI, 1.56-2.71; P < .001). The source of variation in readmission was primarily attributable to patient-related factors (95.4%), while hospital factors accounted for 4.3% of the variability and physician factors for only 0.3%. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Nearly 1 in 5 patients are readmitted following pancreatoduodenectomy. While variation in readmission is, in part, attributable to differences among hospitals, the largest share of variation was found at the patient level.
    JAMA SURGERY 10/2013; 148(12). DOI:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.2509 · 4.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pancreatic adenosquamous carcinoma (PASC) accounts for only 1-4% of all exocrine pancreatic cancers and carries a particularly poor prognosis. This retrospective study was performed to determine whether inclusion of a platinum agent as part of adjuvant therapy is associated with improved survival in patients with resected PASC. Records of all patients who underwent pancreatic resection at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1986 to 2012 were reviewed to identify those with PASC. Multivariable Cox proportional hazards modeling was used to assess for significant associations between patient characteristics and survival. In total, 62 patients (1.1%) with resected PASC were identified among 5,627 cases. Median age was 68 [interquartile range (IQR), 57-77] and 44% were female. Multivariate analysis revealed that, among all patients (n=62), the following factors were independently predictive of poor survival: lack of adjuvant therapy [hazard ratio (HR) =3.6; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.8-7.0; P<0.001], margin-positive resection (HR =3.5; 95% CI, 1.8-6.8; P<0.001), lymph node involvement (HR =3.5; 95% CI, 1.5-8.2; P=0.004), and age (HR =1.0; 95% CI, 1.0-1.1; P=0.035). There were no significant differences between patients who did and did not receive adjuvant therapy following resection (all P>0.05). A second multivariable model included only those patients who received adjuvant therapy (n=39). Lack of inclusion of a platinum agent in the adjuvant regimen (HR =2.4; 95% CI, 1.0-5.8; P=0.040) and larger tumor diameter (HR =1.3; 95% CI, 1.0-1.6; P=0.047) were independent predictors of inferior survival. Addition of a platinum agent to adjuvant regimens for resected PASC may improve survival among these high-risk patients, though collaborative prospective investigation is needed.
    10/2013; 2(1):S66. DOI:10.1016/j.jasc.2013.08.181
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    ABSTRACT: Long-term survival rates for patients with resected pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) have stagnated at 20% for more than a decade, demonstrating the need to develop novel adjuvant therapies. Gemcitabine-erlotinib therapy has demonstrated a survival benefit for patients with metastatic PDAC. Here we report the first phase 2 study of erlotinib in combination with adjuvant chemoradiation and chemotherapy for resected PDAC. Forty-eight patients with resected PDAC received adjuvant erlotinib (100 mg daily) and capecitabine (800 mg/m(2) twice daily Monday-Friday) concurrently with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), 50.4 Gy over 28 fractions followed by 4 cycles of gemcitabine (1000 mg/m(2) on days 1, 8, and 15 every 28 days) and erlotinib (100 mg daily). The primary endpoint was recurrence-free survival (RFS). The median follow-up time was 18.2 months (interquartile range, 13.8-27.1). Lymph nodes were positive in 85% of patients, and margins were positive in 17%. The median RFS was 15.6 months (95% confidence interval [CI], 13.4-17.9), and the median overall survival (OS) was 24.4 months (95% CI, 18.9-29.7). Multivariate analysis with adjustment for known prognostic factors showed that tumor diameter >3 cm was predictive for inferior RFS (hazard ratio, 4.01; P=.001) and OS (HR, 4.98; P=.02), and the development of dermatitis was associated with improved RFS (HR, 0.27; P=.009). During CRT and post-CRT chemotherapy, the rates of grade 3/4 toxicity were 31%/2% and 35%/8%, respectively. Erlotinib can be safely administered with adjuvant IMRT-based CRT and chemotherapy. The efficacy of this regimen appears comparable to that of existing adjuvant regimens. Radiation Therapy Oncology Group 0848 will ultimately determine whether erlotinib produces a survival benefit in patients with resected pancreatic cancer.
    International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 07/2013; 86(4):678-85. DOI:10.1016/j.ijrobp.2013.03.032 · 4.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this article is to discuss the normal findings and complications after pancreaticoduodenectomy. The Whipple procedure is associated with a set of common complications, including pancreatic fistula, postsurgical hemorrhage, postoperative pancreatitis, portomesenteric venous thrombosis, hepatic infarction, delayed gastric emptying, and anastomotic strictures. CONCLUSION. Appropriate diagnosis of these complications is contingent on an understanding of the surgical anatomy, normal postoperative imaging appearance in both the immediate postoperative and chronic settings, and typical CT appearance of each of these complications.
    American Journal of Roentgenology 07/2013; 201(1):2-13. DOI:10.2214/AJR.12.9647 · 2.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE:: To validate the 2010 American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) and 2006 European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (ENETS) tumor staging systems for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNETs) using the largest, single-institution series of surgically resected patients in the literature. BACKGROUND:: The natural history and prognosis of PanNETs have been poorly defined because of the rarity and heterogeneity of these neoplasms. Currently, there are 2 main staging systems for PanNETs, which can complicate comparisons of reports in the literature and thereby hinder progress against this disease. METHODS:: Univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted on the prognostic factors of survival using 326 sporadic, nonfunctional, surgically resected PanNET patients who were cared for at our institution between 1984 and 2011. Current and proposed models were tested for survival prognostication validity as measured by discrimination (Harrel's c-index, HCI) and calibration. RESULTS:: Five-year overall-survival rates for AJCC stages I, II, and IV are 93% (88%-99%), 74% (65%-83%), and 56% (42%-73%), respectively, whereas ENETS stages I, II, III, and IV are 97% (92%-100%), 87% (80%-95%), 73% (63%-84%), and 56% (42%-73%), respectively. Each model has an HCI of 0.68, and they are no different in their ability to predict survival. We developed a simple prognostic tool just using grade, as measured by continuous Ki-67 labeling, sex, and binary age that has an HCI of 0.74. CONCLUSIONS:: Both the AJCC and ENETS staging systems are valid and indistinguishable in their survival prognostication. A new, simpler prognostic tool can be used to predict survival and decrease interinstitutional mistakes and uncertainties regarding these neoplasms.
    Annals of surgery 05/2013; 259(2). DOI:10.1097/SLA.0b013e31828f3174 · 7.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: A computed tomography (CT) scan is often the only study needed prior to surgery for resectable solid pancreas masses. However, many patients are evaluated with multiple studies and interventions that may be unnecessary. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of patients who presented to the Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Pancreas Cancer Clinic with a clearly resectable solid pancreas mass, >1 cm in size over a 2-year period (6/2007-6/2009) and underwent resection. Pancreas specialists reviewed patient records and identified an index CT with a solid pancreas mass deemed to be resectable for curative intent. Data were collected on all studies and interventions between the index CT and the surgery. RESULTS: A total of 101 patients had an index CT. Following the index CT and before surgery, 78 patients had at least one CT, 19 had magnetic resonance imaging, 9 had a positron emission tomography scan, and 66 underwent pancreatic biopsy. Patients underwent a mean of three studies with a mean added cost of $3,371 per patient. Preoperative tests and interventions were associated with a longer time to definitive surgical intervention. CONCLUSION: Wide variation exists for evaluation of newly discovered resectable solid pancreas masses, which is associated with delays to surgical intervention and added costs.
    Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 05/2013; DOI:10.1007/s11605-013-2213-6 · 2.39 Impact Factor

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  • 1971–2015
    • Johns Hopkins Medicine
      • • Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics
      • • Department of Surgery
      • • Department of Pathology
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 1963–2015
    • Johns Hopkins University
      • • Department of Surgery
      • • Department of Pathology
      • • Department of Chemistry
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 1974–2006
    • University of Maryland, Baltimore
      • Department of Surgery
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 2003
    • University of Oxford
      • Nuffield Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
      Oxford, England, United Kingdom
  • 2002
    • University of Nebraska at Omaha
      Omaha, Nebraska, United States
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
      • Department of Surgery
      New York, New York, United States
  • 1994
    • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
      • Department of Radiology
      Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
  • 1993
    • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 1966
    • Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
      Silver Spring, Maryland, United States