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What is pancreatic cancer?
What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?
How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?
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A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be stressful and overwhelming. All members of our team are dedicated to assisting you and your caregiver.
There are several types of pancreatic cancers, including the following:
Specific treatment for pancreatic cancer will be determined by your physician based on:
Depending upon the type and stage, pancreatic cancer may be treated with the following:
Surgery - may be necessary to remove the tumor - a section or entire pancreas and/or the small intestine. The type of surgery depends on the stage of the cancer, the location and size of the tumor, and the person's health. Types of surgery for pancreatic cancer include the following:
External radiation (external beam therapy) - a treatment that precisely sends high levels of radiation directly to the cancer cells. The machine is controlled by the radiation therapist. Since radiation is used to kill cancer cells and to shrink tumors, special shields may be used to protect the tissue surrounding the treatment area. Radiation treatments are painless and usually last a few minutes. Radiation therapy may be given alone, or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy - the use of anti-cancer drugs to treat cancerous cells. In most cases, chemotherapy works by interfering with the cancer cell’s ability to grow or reproduce. Different groups of drugs work in different ways to fight cancer cells. The oncologist will recommend a treatment plan for each individual. Chemotherapy may be given alone, or in combination with surgery and radiation therapy.
Medication (to relieve or reduce pain)
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