Published: 2018-04-21

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in a Moroccan population: analysis of six years experience

Aziz Bazine, Mohamed Fetohi, Mehdi Tores, Rachid Tanz, Moulay El Hassan Tahiri, Abdelkrim Choho, Mohamed Ichou


Background: Few studies have been done to investigate pancreatic cancer in Morocco. Therefore, the aim of our study was to describe the epidemiological, clinical and therapeutic features of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in Moroccan population.

Methods: Author retrospectively reviewed the medical data of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients presented to the Medical Oncology Department of the Military Hospital Moulay Ismail in Meknes, Morocco, from January 2011 to December 2016.

Results: The study included 67 cases of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. The mean age of patients was 61.24±10.35 years. Male/female ratio was 3.2/1. 20.9% of patients were cigarette smokers, 10.5% alcoholics. 23.9% diabetics, 3.0% with a positive family history of pancreatic cancer and 25.4% with a family history of diabetes mellitus. The main symptoms for consultation were weight loss (68.6%), abdominal pain (64.2%), jaundice (53.7%) and vomiting (25.4%). The tumour was located to the pancreatic head in 71.6% of cases. Stage IV disease was the most common stage representing 47.8% of patients. Biliary and duodenal stent placements were respectively performed in 10.4% and 3.0% of patients. 23.9% of patients underwent curative surgery, 7.5% had palliative surgery and 86.6% received chemotherapy. The median overall survival for the entire cohort was 9.3 months (95% CI 7.2-12.1 months) with a median follow-up of 9.7 months (2-63 months).

Conclusions: The data on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in Moroccan population are similar to the epidemiologic literature data. With multimodality treatments, the results in terms of survival benefit seem to be similar to those in Asian and Caucasian populations.


Diagnosis, Epidemiology, Pancreatic neoplasm, Therapeutics

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