New Test Can Pinpoint Which Pancreatic Cysts Might Turn Cancerous
To have surgery or not to have surgery? That is the big question for hundreds of thousands of Americans diagnosed each year with a pancreatic cyst.
The dilemma? While cysts are very common, most will not actually lead to cancer. But for doctors, determining which will from which won’t is often a shot in the dark. So many patients undergo a highly invasive cyst-removal operation out of an abundance of caution, often unnecessarily.
Enter “CompCyst.” New research suggests that this experimental, artificial intelligence-driven test could help slice the number of such unwarranted surgeries nearly in half.
“In those few patients who would go on to develop a cancer from their cyst, the benefit of these big operations in preventing cancer strongly outweigh the risks of surgery,” noted study author Dr. Christopher Wolfgang, from the