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Table 2 Treatment characteristics

From: Pancreatic cancer: Surgery is a feasible therapeutic option for elderly patients

  All patients
N = 460
<70 years
N = 294
≥70 years
N = 166
P value
Surgery     
Pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) 293 (64%) 173 (59%) 120 (72%) 0.004
Distal pancreatectomy 147 (32%) 105 (35%) 42 (25%) 0.03
Total pancreatectomy 16 (2%) 14 (5%) 2 (1.5%) 0.05
Enucleation 4 (1%) 2 (1%) 2 (1.5%) 0.29
Mean operative time (minutes)*
PD 282 (SE:72) 268 (SE:55) 318 (SE:67) 0.07
Distal pancreatectomy 160 (SE:97) 155 (SE:92) 179 (SE:80) 0.13
Intra-operative PC** consumption     
Mean (# PC units) 1.72 (SE:2.5) 1.69 (SE:1.7) 1.74 (SE:2.2) 0.42
Chemotherapy 225 (49%) 200 (68%) 25 (15%) 0.003
  1. *All patients who had total pancreatectomy/enucleation were excluded from mean operative time analysis; **PC- Packed cells