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.