Treatment Options

Common treatment options for pancreatic cancer can include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. In some cases, treatment options may include ablation, embolization, or complementary therapies.

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Together, you and your healthcare team will create an individualized treatment plan based on many factors, including the pancreatic cancer’s stage and your overall health.

button-stethoscopeCommon treatments include:

These treatments may be used separately or in combination. They may be used at different times. Many of these treatments also have side effects.

Depending on a patient’s situation at a particular point in time, a treatment may range from potentially curative to palliative. For example, surgery to remove a tumor might be considered curative. Surgery to insert a stent, in order to alleviate a patient’s discomfort and symptoms, might be considered palliative.

Side Effects

In this section you’ll find links to resources that discuss possible side effects of specific treatments, a discussion of fatigue, and a glossary of side effects terms.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies that investigate promising new treatments or new combinations of treatments. Most treatments in use today are the results of past clinical trials.

Mental Health

Many things about having pancreatic cancer are stressful. And, under the circumstances, feeling distressed and anxious could be considered normal. But when distress and anxiety become severe, they can interfere with your treatment, make it hard for you to cope, and affect parts of your life.

Pain Control and Palliative Care

At any point during the pancreatic-cancer experience, you or your loved one may experience pain or an impact on quality of life. This section provides overviews and resources for learning about pain reduction and palliative care which aims to lessen the severity of discomfort.


Focused on making the patient comfortable and as symptom-free as possible.