ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTIONS: PANCREAS AND BILIARY TRACTPancreatic Cancer Surveillance: Learning As We GoBrentnall, Teresa A MD1Author Information 1Department of Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, USA Correspondence: Teresa A. Brentnall, MD, Department of Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific, Box 356424, Seattle, Washington 98115, USA. E-mail: [email protected] Received 21 December 2010; accepted 2 February 2011 American Journal of Gastroenterology: May 2011 - Volume 106 - Issue 5 - p 955-956 doi: 10.1038/ajg.2011.68 Buy Metrics Abstract The concept of pancreatic cancer prevention through surveillance of high-risk patients has come of age. It is cost-effective to provide surveillance of patients who have a lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer that is ≥16%. Studies are currently ongoing that contribute to our understanding of the imaging methodologies that are best suited for surveillance and the best algorithm for the clinical management of patients who are at risk of this highly lethal disease. Long-term outcomes analyses will help shed light on the best management of these patients, as well as a better understanding of the natural history of familial pancreatic cancer. © The American College of Gastroenterology 2011. All Rights Reserved.