Survival analysis of biliary tract cancer cases in Turkey

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Akca Z., Mutlu H., Erden A., Buyukcelik A., Cihan Y. B., Goksu S. S., ...More

Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, vol.15, no.15, pp.6025-6027, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 15
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.7314/apjcp.2014.15.15.6025
  • Journal Name: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.6025-6027
  • Keywords: Ampulla vateri, Biliary tract cancer, Cholangiocarcinoma, Gallbladder, Survival
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


Background: Because of the relative rarity of biliary tract cancers (BTCs), defining long term survival results is difficult. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the survival of a series of cases in Turkey. Materials and Methods: A totally of 47 patients with billiary tract cancer from Mersin Goverment Hospital, Acibadem Kayseri Hospital and Kayseri Training and Research Hospital were analyzed retrospectively using hospital records between 2006-2012. Results: The median overall survival was 19.3±3.9 months for all patients. The median disease free and overall survivals were 24.3±5.3 and 44.1±12.9 months in patients in which radical surgery was performed, but in those with with inoperable disease they were only 5.3±1.5 and 10.7±3.2 months, respectively. Conclusions: BTCs have a poor prognosis. Surgery with a microscopic negative margin is still the only curative treatment.