Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Overview

Pancreatic cancer treatment may involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, vaccination, pain management, immunotherapy and dietary changes.

Surgery is available to about 20 percent of pancreatic cancer patients as a potentially effective treatment. Stereotactic body radiation therapy may be used to treat early-stage pancreatic cancer when surgery is not an option.

Clinical studies are being conducted to assess a novel vaccine designed to kill pancreatic cancer cells. Several effective pain management options, including pharmacological and complementary techniques, are available to help maximize comfort and maintain quality of life.

Treatments, Tests and Therapies