Pancreatic cancer

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Treatments for pancreatic cancer can include:

  • surgery
  • radiation therapy (radiotherapy)
  • chemotherapy
  • palliative care.

Most people have one or more of these. 

Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PNETs) may have additional treatments:

  • some PNETs can be treated with targeted therapy
  • certain PNET symptoms may be managed with hormonal therapies.

Choose the option that best suits your situation

The type of surgery you have depends on your cancer.
Radiation therapy is a way of treating cancers using X-rays or other types of radiation.
Chemotherapy, also known as chemo, is a way of treating cancer using drugs.
Targeted therapy uses drugs that affect specific cells in some cancers.
Immunotherapy helps the body’s immune system to fight cancer.
Hormonal therapy uses drugs to treat some cancers that are sensitive to hormones.
Palliative care deals with managing symptoms and improving quality of life.

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